How can I stay safe?

Online safety


- Give your personal details to people you know on the Internet: full name, ID card number (or that of any other identification document), landline or mobile number, address, number or information about your bank accounts or those of your parents.
- Give personal information about your family and friends.
- Fill in personal data when you receive an email that appears credible and from a legitimate source you usually deal with (for example, a course you saw on a website, or your bank), without first confirming the request with the source (e.g. bank) who supposedly made the request.
- Create a blog in which you display personal information about yourself.
- Fill in personal information on websites you don’t know or seem dodgy.
- Open and reply to emails originating from senders you don’t know.
- Share your password with people other than your parents (even if it’s your best friend).
- Shop with a debit card.
- Arrange to meet people you have met online.
- Reply to provocative or inadequate messages or contacts (even if from someone you know).
- Use the Internet to harm, cause damage or humiliate someone.



The more information you place about yourself online, the greater the risk that someone could use it to harm you.



- Regularly update the virus checker on your computer.
- Give your email only to people you know and reputable entities (websites, companies).
- Protect your email with a spam filter to avoid receiving unsolicited email and adverts or emails from undesired senders.
- Define your email’s privacy options to block emails from people and entities (websites, companies) you do not wish to receive information from.
- Change your passwords regularly.
- Always logout when you exit your email or a webpage that requires login.
- Speak with an adult you trust every time you have doubts or concerns about something.
- Don’t reply to provocative or unpleasant messages, keep those messages so you can inform the webpage or forum administrator.