Protect Yourself

It is important to keep yourself and your personal information safe. By looking at the way in which you use your computer and the risks the internet poses, you can be more aware of the potential problems.

Keep your information safe

It is easy to give away too much personal information online without really meaning to. You wouldn't give personal information to strangers you meet in the street so why broadcast your information online? Here are some tips for protecting your anonymity online:

  • Think twice about disclosing any personal information
  • Set clear guidelines for children about when and how they can reveal information
  • Be especially cautious of friends who you have just met online but who ask you to reveal personal information or want to meet you offline
  • Be wary of disclosing personal information on a work or personal website
  • Use a disposable, anonymous email account for websites that demand an email address to register. Hotmail and Yahoo! provide free email addresses.

Identity theft and scams

Your identity and personal information are valuable. Criminals with access to your personal details can open bank accounts, apply for credit cards, loans, benefits and documents such as passports and driving licenses in your name.

For more information visit our identity theft page.

Social networking and social media

Popular social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn have seen a rapid increase in users over the past few years. The number of Facebook accounts held in the UK alone has reached over 30 million.

Our social networking page provides more information on accepting friend requests, meeting people offline and the settings you can change to improve your privacy.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is when a person is being threatened, teased or abused through digital technologies such as the internet or mobile phone. Cyberbullying is just as harmful as bullying in the real world as it can be constant and can happen at home where the person would normally feel safe. It can have a major impact on people’s lives and is never acceptable.

For more information regarding the different types of cyberbullying see our cyberbullying page. Alternatively the ChildLine and Bullying UK websites are good sources of information.