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Online Safety – The 5 P’s

The internet’s a huge part of everyday life!

You probably feel like you couldn’t live without it! These tips will help you stay safe online and protect you from harm.

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1. Passwords
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They’re there to protect your information so it’s best to make sure they are strong passwords with letters, numbers and symbols that can’t be guessed by anyone else. Don’t share them with other people and change them regularly.

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2. Privacy settings
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Use the privacy settings on social media and apps to control who sees what information about you.

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3. Personal information
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Be careful not to give out personal information like your name, email, phone number, address or the name of your school to people you don’t know.

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4. Profiles
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Make sure someone can’t work out too much about you from the information you include in your profile or bio or by looking at the background of your profile pic.

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5. Padlock
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A padlock symbol in the browser address bar means a website’s secure. Before you enter private information like payment or address details check it’s there. If it’s not don’t use the site.

how to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.

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Find help in your local area

Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.