The Internet is an amazing place. You can instantly share pictures of your cat, play games with friends from the other side of the world and get access to almost a billion hours of videos on YouTube. With all this at the click of a couple of buttons, it’s sometimes easy to forget about keeping safe.

To help you out we’ve compiled a short list of Online Safety tips to keep you safe when using computers.

  • DON’T SCAN QR CODES - by scanning QR codes that you don’t trust, you could be directed to a malicious website.
  • Use a different password for each account (or use a password manager).
  • Only accept follow requests on social media from people you know directly (not just to get lots of followers).
  • Check that you are visiting a website with https (or a green padlock), this is more secure for typing sensitive information such as passwords.
  • Use cloud storage (e.g Google Drive, Dropbox, etc…) instead of USB drives.
  • Keep your account details private and control your privacy settings.
  • Always remember to log off when finished (especially on computers and other devices that other people are using)
  • Don’t share sensitive information online. Make sure your address, school, phone number, etc… are not shown on your account.
  • If you receive any suspicious or distressing content online, block the account, report it and talk to an adult (parents or a teacher at school).
  • Make sure your antivirus/antimalware software is up to date.