Need to Know
Top tips for staying safer and more protected online.
Limit screen time.
Think about your health and wellbeing
Check your privacy, safety and location settings.
Create a strong password
Make sure its genuine
Use blocking and reporting features
Think about who you’re talking to
Not everyone is honest about who they really are online. Even if you like and trust someone you’ve met online, never share your information with them. Speak to a friend or trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Find out more about grooming and blackmail.
Watch out for in-game purchases
Think before you post
Avoid posting or sharing anything you wouldn’t want your parents, carers, friends, teachers or future employers seeing. Once you post something, including sharing nudes, then you can easily lose control of it, especially if someone else screenshots or shares it.
If this has happened to you then don’t beat yourself up over it! It’s more common than you might think and support is always available. For example, if you have shared a nude then:
Always remember, as time passes things change and how you feel will change. A feeling in this moment is not forever and there is ALWAYS things you can and someone you can speak to.
Police Service of Northern Ireland
If you are worried or concerned about something, please make sure you speak to an adult you trust.
You can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it’s better out than in. They’re here to support you.