Internet, mobile phones and gaming

Phones – Here are some handy hints to keep your phone (and more importantly, you) safe.

  • You can call 999 in an emergency, even without credit
  • Store an emergency contact under “ICE” (In Case Of Emergency) in your contact list. Store emergency medical information too, if your phone has this facility.
  • Lock your phone with a pin or passcode, so that if someone else gets a hold of it they can’t use it.
  • Charge your phone before going out
  • If you lose your phone, or it breaks, you can call 100 from a phone box and reverse the charges to call home
  • Only give your phone number to friends and family.

Internet – If you’re using the internet you’ll really, REALLY want to remember this stuff

  • Keep your information private
  • Don’t chat to people you don’t know online and learn how to block them. They may not be who they say they are. You wouldn’t talk to a complete stranger on the street, so don’t do it online.
  • Only use your webcam to talk to people you know and trust
  • If anyone from the internet asks you to meet them. Don’t. Tell an adult that you trust.
  • Bullying online is as hurtful and bullying in person.
  • Don’t open emails or attachments from anyone you don’t know. They can contain viruses that can ruin your device.
  • Be careful what you say and post online. A good test is to ask yourself “Would I want my mum/teacher/stranger to see this?” If the answer is no, then it’s probably best not to do it.
  • Make sure to only share pictures of yourself that you want others to see. If someone has a picture of you and shares it online without telling you, you should tell an adult you trust.
  • Make sure you know how to work the privacy settings on your games and social media. This lets you control what others can see about what games you're playing and other information about you.
  • If you're going to be using live streaming services, like broadcasting your console games, make sure an adult you trust sets this up for you and that you know how to work it properly. 

Remember, if you need to report anything that makes you scared or uncomfortable, tell an adult you trust, or get in touch with Childline.

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