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Keeping safe online

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Keeping safe online

How do you keep safe online?

The internet is huge. It’s great! But you need to be careful as sometimes it can be a dangerous place.

Do you worry that the photos, videos and jokes you put online will be shared in the wrong way, or that the wrong people will see them? Around 5.43 million young people in the UK have experienced cyberbullying. Cyber-bullying can happen on social media networks, forums, instant messaging or text messaging.

We have a page of tips to help you if you’re being bullied online. Check it here out if you’re worried, or if you need some more information.

Rebecca, Ashley and Vilma are three deaf young people who talk about what you can do to keep yourself safe online. Watch the video to see their recommendations!

Did you know that comments you make on Facebook and other websites can be seen by many, many people!

Here are some more tips from Rebecca:

Protecting yourself online

Also have a look at these websites to see who can help, and how you can protect yourself online!

Staying safe online – Read Newsround’s tips on staying safe on the web.

Sam’s real friends – Watch a video in BSL with English subtitles about Sam and his online friends.

Cyberbullying – Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology, like the internet or a mobile phone, to deliberately hurt, humiliate, harass, intimidate or threaten someone else. You do not have to put up with it.

Worried? – Who can you tell if you are worrried about cyberbullying? You can talk to someone you trust like a teacher or a friend. Or you can report this to the Child Exploitation and Online protection Centre who has special staff to help. Your report will go to experts who are specialists in the Internet. They understand how easy it is to be tricked online and will take your report seriously. You won’t be in trouble, so try not to worry. Someone will be in touch with you to make sure you’re okay and to talk about what happens next.

If you are not sure what to do about something that has happened online, please contact the Buzz ( or contact Childline, we can give you some advice and support. Childline have a Deaf Zone for deaf young people.

National Deaf Children's Society

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Helpline: 0808 800 8880

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