Many young people use the internet and other electronic devices almost every day - so staying safe while you are on-line is very important.

It's not just on the internet where you need to take care. Text messages, e-mails and mobile phones with cameras can be used for cyber bullying or for unwanted attention.

The internet has many uses and is a great place to be - you can use it to do your homework, send emails, talk to friends, meet new people, share photos and much more. You might feel safe talking to a stranger on-line if they cannot see you - but if you cannot see them either, how do you know who they are? They might say they are the same age as you but they might not be.

You need to be careful what you do and what you say when you are on-line.

  • Don't give out your telephone number
  • Don't give out your address or date of birth
  • Don't arrange to meet anyone alone

You also need to be careful about posting photos on-line. A photo that shows your school uniform or school logo can be used to find out what school you go to. If you have posted your real name it would not be too difficult to find you.

The internet is there to be enjoyed. It is a great place to talk to friends and meet new people, but always think before you give out any information. Not everyone you talk to will be who they say they are.

Local Safeguarding Children Boards

Each of the five local authorities in Tyne and Wear have their own Local Safeguarding Children Board.

These are multi-skilled teams of specialists who ensure that measures have been taken to safeguard all children in their area and promote their welfare. E-safety is one of the many subjects the Boards cover:

Gateshead Local Safeguarding Children Board
Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board
North Tyneside Local Safeguarding Children Board
South Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board
Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board