Who To Call
  • ChildLine 0800 1111
  • Police Scotland 101
  • Social Work 0300 300 1199
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Being Safe Online

Being safe on your computer, mobile and tablet

People might not be who you think they are...

We know that you want to have fun when you use your computer, mobile or tablet but you also need to be careful.

Some adults use the internet to contact children to hurt them.

You also need to be very careful about what you put online. Once you put something online it stays there and you can’t take it back. Lots of people might see it now or even in the future.

When you are using your computer, mobile or tablet you should always remember:

  • Don’t use your real name. Use a nickname that doesn’t identify you.
  • Never put your full address or your phone number online. Your real friends will already have this information.
  • If you are online never tell people personal things about you - things like which school you go to or where you live. 
  • You should put your real age though so that people know that they are talking to a child or young person.
  • Never go and meet someone in real life who you only know on the computer. 
  • Talk to an adult you trust like your mum or dad, or whoever looks after you, about anything you see on-line that bothers you or if someone asks you to come and meet them. 
  • Never put pictures of yourself online. Never put pictures of yourself online taking off your clothes or undressed, even if someone bullies you or tries to force you to do it. Always tell an adult you trust if someone tries to make you do this.

To find out more about staying safe online go to http://thinkyouknow.co.uk/8_10/

If you are worried about something that has happened online or something you have seen, talk to an adult – like your parents, a teacher or a classroom assistant.

You can also call Childline on 0800 1111.

Who to Call

If you are unhappy or worried about something speak to your teacher or an adult that you trust.

  • ChildLine0800 1111
  • Police Scotland101
  • Social Work0300 300 1199
  • Social Work (Out Of Hours)0300 343 1505
  • NSPCC Helpline0800 800 5000