Top tips for young people to advise how to stay safe online

Childnet have updated their parent and carer toolkit that will help parents/carers have conversations about online safety. Their booklet 'Let's talk about life online' includes ten key messages that should be shared with children:

1."You can always come to me if you need help."

2."What would you do if this happened…?"

3."Remember that not everyone is who they say they are online."

4."Keep your personal information safe, and other people’s too."

5."Be respectful to others online."

6. "Think before you post."

7."Remember to ask if it’s okay."

8."Remember not everything is true online."

9."The things other people post online might not always show what their life is really like." 

10."Recognise how going online makes you feel and take a break when you need to."

The Parent and Carer Toolkit can be found here:

Report Abuse

Report Abuse

CEOP help children stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can report it here.



Do you think a crime has been commited? Your local police force will be able to help you.

Want someone to understand or advice for a friend?

Kooth is here for you, please visit for further information.

Online and open until 10pm.




Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.



Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. We're here for you online, on the phone, anytime.

NHS Choices

NHS Choices

Mental health services are free on the NHS. Click here to find out more about the services available to you.

Covering Your Tracks

If you’re worried someone will find out you’ve used a website, our advice can help you keep your visits private.

Top 3 tips for staying safe online

  1. Switch to private browsing or incognito mode in your browser
  2. Delete your cookies and internet history
  3. If you're worried that you might be tracked, ask someone you trust to use their device or use a public computer in a Library or in School.


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Last updated: 19/01/2021

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