Early use of computers has been shown to improve language skills and promote children’s social development and creativity. But it’s not without risks for children, who may come across inappropriate content or begin to copy what older children do online.
Ideas for rules at home…
1) Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
2) Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
3) Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
4) Never give out your passwords
5) Don’t befriend people you don’t know
6) Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
7) Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
8) Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
9) Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
10) If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
Cyberbullying is when someone bullies others over the internet or on a mobile phone by sending abusive emails or texts directly or by posting nasty comments or humiliating images for others to see.
Like any form of bullying, cyberbullying can be horrible for the children involved and hard for them to talk about.
Have you ever left an online comment you regret? Sometimes you might be a cyberbully without realising. Take the CBBC quiz.