Staying safe online - Deaf Zone

The internet is great. It helps you find information and chat to friends. But sometimes, things happen that you don't like. Sometimes people could be bullied online. On this page you can read some tips on how to stay safe online and where you can get help.

How to stay safe online

The internet and new technology has helped us connect with people across the globe, allowing us to build relationships and communities with like-minded people. But it has also made us more vulnerable to online bullying, because bullies can remain anonymous if they choose. It’s also easier for them to target people with so many different online avenues at their disposal. But there are lots of ways you can protect yourself and get abusive material removed quickly.  

3 things to remember to stay safe online: 

  • change your online passwords every 2 or 3 months
  • only talk to people online if you know them 
  • don’t share anything online that you wouldn’t want your parents or teachers to see.

Online safety tips

Protect your identity

Don’t choose a profile picture that can easily identify you. For example, don’t use photos with your school name, school badge, sports club or home address in. Use a picture you like or a photo of your favourite place instead.

Think before you post

Once you upload a photo of yourself, it’s not private anymore. Your photos can be copied and shared around for everybody to see and posted places where you can’t delete them. Only upload photos you feel okay sharing and don’t upload pictures of your friends without their permission. If you’re feeling anxious about something you’ve posted and want to talk to someone about it, we can support you. 

Keep your password private

  • choose a password that is hard for others to guess
  • use a mix of numbers and letters in your password
  • keep your password to yourself, or else people could write nasty things pretending to be you

Be careful who you chat to

If somebody you don’t know adds you as a friend, ignore them and delete their request. Be careful who you chat to and don’t share any personal information about yourself like where you live or your phone number.

what to do if a stranger contacts you

If someone contacts you or your friend with weird or nasty messages:

  • don't reply to them
  • don’t give out personal details including your number or home address
  • save all of the messages they send you
  • tell someone you trust such as a parent or teacher as soon as possible and show them what you have been sent
  • don’t arrange to meet them

…what can I do?

Get support with staying safe online

How can I get help from Childline?