Staying Safe online

The internet is an amazing place that can offer us a way to learn, chat with friends, create and connect online, you may spend a lot of time online, so it’s important to make the most of it and enjoy it whilst also understanding the risks and how to be safe, sensible and respectful to others too. The news you see online or on social media isn’t always going to be truthful, and it can be hard to tell what’s real and what’s fake.

Know who you’re dealing with

Socialising online can be fun, it’s a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. Lots of people only play or chat with people they know in person, and that’s a sensible approach. But if you do meet people you don’t know, be careful in the same way you would offline. Always remember people may not be who they say they are (source: BBC).

For more information, click on any one of these links: 

Childnet
NSPCC
ChildLine
Staffordshire Police

If you’re worried about staying safe online, or experiencing any kind of abuse, you can contact us on 0330 0881 339. This number will take you through to our Telephone triage team, where we will listen and talk about how we can support you; or you can also email us at: help@staffsvictimsgateway.org.uk