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Be Cyber Safe

Key Fact

What can I do if someone makes me feel unsafe on the Internet?

Tell a trusted adult, or report it on

Be SMART on the Internet!

Be SMART on the Internet!

Stay safe: remember the SMART rules.

S is for Safe

Never give out or post personal information about yourself.

M is for Meeting

Meeting someone you only know online can be dangerous. Never go alone. Always take a parent or carer.

A is for Accepting

Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems they may contain viruses or nasty messages. Always delete immediately.

R is for Reliable

Someone online may be lying about who they are, make sure you ask a parent / carer to check your privacy settings to include only real friends.

T is for Tell

Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried or if you or someone you know is being bullied.

Top Tips


  • To keep yourself safe from being hacked use a ‘strong’ password, one which is hard to guess. Include capital letters, numbers, and symbols. Use different passwords for different profiles and accounts. (You could use the same word with different numbers at the end.) Don’t write your password down or save it in your mobile phone.
  • If you use someone else’s computer make sure you log out of all your profiles before you leave.
  • Some people may set up fake websites to try and get others to put their personal details on it. This is called phishing. Don’t give your details unless there is a padlock symbol on the web page.
  • will provide you with further tips on how to stay safe.

Things to Make You Think!

PC Jones says:

  • You must be 13 years old to have a Facebook account.
  • If you download music from the Internet without payment you may be breaking the law.
  • You can use the Internet to help with homework.
  • Someone you only know online is not a real friend, because you don’t know them in real life.
  • Hacking is when someone else logs into your profile or one of your accounts on the Internet.

If you feel unsafe and need help when using the internet, report it to


Your school police officer will help you learn how to use the internet safely.

PC Eckley’s Advice

Question and Answer

Question: How can I stay safe when using gaming sites?
Answer: Don’t give out personal details to anyone. If anyone makes you feel unsafe tell a trusted adult or report it by clicking the CEOP report abuse button.
Question: What information is safe to post on social networking sites?
  • Firstly make sure that the privacy settings only allow your personal friends to have access.
  • Avoid posting any personal details such as birth date, address, school and family names.
  • Take care when posting photos that they are appropriate.
  • Be careful what comments you make about others. Nasty comments can get you into trouble with the law.
Question: My friend posted nasty comments on a girl's Facebook page. What could happen next?
Answer: This is called cyber bullying and is wrong. The girl being bullied may choose to report this behaviour online. You should not ignore this you should speak with a trusted adult, as your friend could get into a lot of trouble if this behaviour continues. Messages can be saved as evidence for the police.
Question: How can I know if someone online is safe to meet?
Answer: You can’t know if a person is safe to meet if you don’t know them in real life. Ask a trusted adult to go with you if you plan to meet someone. NEVER go alone.
Question: How can I avoid getting viruses online?
  • Only open emails, music, picture and video files from people you know and trust.
  • Don’t click on pop-ups.
  • Don’t write your password in a place without a secure symbol.
Question: What can I do if my online account is hacked?
Answer: Change your password straight away, or delete your account and start a new one. You can also email the website and ask them to shut your account. Tell your family and friends what’s happened so they know it was not you sending messages.

If you feel unsafe and need help when using the internet, report it to

For advice on staying safe online, visit

MEIC is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales.

0808 80 23456

Calls are free from most landlines.

Calls from mobiles may be charged depending on your network.

If you need help, phone ChildLine on

0800 1111

Calls are free from most mobiles and landlines.

Your call will not show up on the bill.