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Posted by Hudie123 from Blaenau Gwent - Published on 02/10/2013 at 18:04
4 comments » - Tagged as Education, People, Technology, Topical

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Yn Gymraeg // Welsh version

Online safety. 

We’ve all heard of it. We all know about it, but what exactly does it mean to stay safe online?

Did you know that 1 in 20 Children / Young People admitted arranging a secret meeting with someone they met online? That means arranging to meet with a person you really don’t know. They could be anyone. 

It’s important to remember that we don’t know who’s on the other side of the screen. The television programme “Catfish” on MTV tries to highlight the dangers of talking to strangers online. It’s based around people who have built up strong emotional relationships online, without even meeting each other. These people have been “together” for months, even years. It proves that people can make fake profiles to trick you.

Here’s one for the younger readers: why not make your parents aware of what websites you are using, and allow your parents to check them out. Remember that you shouldn’t use social networking sites until you are 14, but when you do, why not talk to your parents about staying safe and if you’re being bullied online let someone else know.

To the over 18s amongst us, remember that something as simple as applying for magazine subscriptions can affect your credit rating using just your name and date of birth, so make sure you don’t give any of these details to anyone you don’t know very well. Personally, I only have my first and middle name on Facebook so only people I know in real life know my surname.

Also, never tell someone your address, where you work, or where you hang out, unless you know them in real life. Here are a few tips of my own for staying safe online:

  • Make sure you change your password on a regular basis, and make sure it’s a mix of letters, numbers and cases, for example: HuDie123. Sometimes you can even put in special characters like < and *
  • When searching for things using Google or any other search engine try using more than one word, and change your safe search settings to safe, otherwise you may end up with dodgy results!
  • If you are going to leave your computer unattended in a public place, or with friends around, make sure you log off before doing so
  • If using a computer in a public place such as a library or internet café, make sure you log out of any accounts like Facebook or E-mail accounts

These are just a few simple tips from me, if you can think of any other useful ones please comment below and share what steps you take to stay safe online, so we can all be safe together.

For more information about staying safe online, read our article on Social Media Week and check out the Online Safety Information page.

Other Useful Links:

CEOP Website (Child Exploitation & Online Protection)

Safety Net Kids - Tips How To Stay Safe Online

Safe - Internet Safety Metropolitan Police

Photo credit: Taylor Sloan

4 CommentsPost a comment

The BYG Editor

The BYG Editor

Commented 99 months ago - 3rd October 2013 - 10:10am

This is a great article Hudie123.

My tip would be when using the internet on public computers to make sure you clear your internet search history when you finish with that computer. This search history can allow people to see what you have been doing and gain further details of where you may be going or what you may be doing later that week.

Great article & can't wait to see your Green man festival article.



Commented 99 months ago - 12th October 2013 - 00:06am

A example you should have used is Habbo Hotel. I know a lot about this because i was a daily user from 2010-2013. In 2010, you could talk freely and they would have blockers to block out swear words and it was a really safe site but you still had to watch out. Now you have to take a test to see if you're fit enough to talk and interact with people on there because of how unsafe it is for young people now. No site is completely child friendly and safe for them. Even though there are rules to keep your address, age, name and all your personal information a secret. Young kids are that naive they will do as they're told.

Commented 99 months ago - 14th October 2013 - 11:48am

I was listening to the radio this morning and they were saying that not every police department has a dedicated policy for dealing with online/social media crimes. Anyone know if this is true?

Basically what I'm wondering is: if someone threatens me online, is it something I should go to the police for? What would they do? (Or would I be better using the 'report' button on Facebook/Twitter?)



Commented 95 months ago - 13th February 2014 - 11:22am

it was a very good video

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