Find out about keeping safe on the internet, who to talk to if you’re worried and how to get out of a bad situation.

The internet can be fun, but it’s important to stay safe online.

Children and young people


  • tell anyone you meet online your address, your telephone number or your school's name
  • send anyone your picture if you wouldn't be happy for your family to see it
  • send anyone your credit card or bank account number - read tips for shopping safely online
  • arrange to meet anyone without checking with your parent or carer - make sure they go along with you to meet them
  • give your password to anyone - not even your best friend
  • stay in a chat room if someone says or writes something that worries you or makes you feel uncomfortable


  • tell an adult you trust if you’re upset or worried about something that’s happened online
  • save any messages that have upset you and show them to the adult you tell

More tips

Find more tips to stay safe on the internet for:


You can help your children stay safe online by:

  • knowing what they are doing online
  • knowing who their online friends are
  • talking to them about the dangers of sharing personal information and photos with strangers
  • making sure they can talk to you when they feel uncomfortable about something they have seen online
  • teaching them about privacy settings on social media

Get tips about how to keep your children safe online from:

  • Know IT All – from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre

Teachers and other professionals

Find training and education resources to use with children and young people from:

Report online abuse

Report online abuse to the police through the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) safety centre

Report websites showing obscene adult or child abuse content to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Telephone the police on 101 if you’re a victim of cyber crime, for example if your credit card details have been stolen.