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Young people’s FIVE top tips for staying safe online

Safer Internet Day is designed to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

We asked St Christopher’s young people to share their top five tips for looking after yourself and staying safe on social media.

1. Look out for each other

It is easy to get careless or not realise that what you are doing can put you at risk. If you see something your friend is posting that worries you, say something.​

​2. Be yourself

Social media is great and it is a really good way to keep in touch with each other and store good memories. There are dangers from other people using it, but you need to look after yourself too. You can hurt by worrying that you are not posting the same sort of things as your friends, and it can lead you to post stuff and images that are not really you – like only ever posting pictures of yourself looking good and having fun. This is just an Insta-world! Post your real life, it won’t leave you sad because you have not lived up to unrealistic expectations.

3. Be true to yourself

Be the best version of yourself and don’t let the internet make a monster of you. It is easy to be unkind or reactive when you are online and a bit distanced from the people you are posting stuff about. If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face because it is unkind then it is too unkind to post online as well.

4. Be brave

Switch it off! Your phone is always there, you can’t really escape people trying to get your attention. It can be stressful and not give you time to look after yourself. Just switch your phone to airplane mode and get on with your life – your messages will be there when you turn it back on.

5. Be careful with pictures

Don’t send pictures to someone you don’t know, even if you feel like you know them from chatting online. Once they are out there you have no control over who sees them and who they send them to.

There are lots of other resources available on the Safer Internet Day website​.