Internet safety is a shared concern for pupils, parents & carers, and teachers. These guidelines for young people are taken from the national 'Young Scot' website. 

Safe Surfin'

Now we aren't getting heavy here, just a bit protective - hey, we care! So sue us..... We want everyone to be happy and healthy, and for the most part the internet is a fabulous thing. But, as in all walks of life, it can attract a variety of...let's say unconventional and sometimes downright dubious activity. 
Because of that, it makes sense to keep safe out there in the wondrous world of the Internet, just as you would out there in the non-virtual planet. You wouldn't just reveal all your most personal information to a random person on the street now would you? Would you? If you answered yes to this question, get in touch, we've got some Helplines you can call.... 

Anyway, sneak a peek at the following to keep safe and hassle free... 

ALWAYS...... 
· Keep your password safe and don't tell anyone else 
· Be careful in chat rooms. Just because it says that it's only for young people, there's no way to tell if only young people are using it. It might be someone trying to trick you. 
· If someone says something that makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, then leave the chat room. Make sure you tell someone, either your Mum or Dad, or a carer. 
· Be yourself and don't pretend to be someone else - no matter how attractive the option of leading a double life! 
· If you aren't 18 yet then steer clear of sites that say they are for over 18s. It's a huge temptation we know, but trust us - the warnings are there to protect you! If nothing else, it could also end up costing you a fortune on your telephone bills. 
· Keep any four letter expletives to yourself - you know what they say, swearing shows a real lack of imagination! 
· Don't give out your main (or only) email address. Keep it private. If you want to give out an email address choose a disposable address e.g. a second Hotmail address. 

A FEW OTHER HINTS & TIPS.... 

· If you are chatting to people on the internet, then don't tell anyone you talk to any of your personal details, especially your address, telephone number or school etc. 
· Don't ever send anyone your picture, any of your bank details, or credit card details without first checking with a responsible adult. You can check if a site is secure by looking to the bottom of your screen for a lock/padlock icon. If it is locked then the site is secure. For more info you can click on the padlock. 
· Don't sign up for a get rich quick scheme. If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. If not then it may even end up costing you money. 
· Don't arrange to meet anyone unless your parent or carer (or your most responsible friend - you know, the one who saves their money, has got a pension already, that sort of thing) goes with you and you meet in a very public place with lots of people around. As the ads in the cinema suggest the people you contact online are not always who they say they are. No one can check if your 'keypals' are what they claim - because no one can see them. 
· Don't open email attachments unless they are from someone you already know and trust. Attachments can contain viruses or other programmes that can destroy all the information and software on your computer. That even includes your latest essay and all the cheaters tips on Championship Manager 2001. 
· Don't respond to nasty, suggestive messages, or rude pictures. Tell your parent or carer to report them to your Internet Service Provider immediately

USEFUL WEBLINKS

*Click Thinking – Personal safety on the internet 
www.scotland.gov.uk/clickthinking/default.htm

*Kidscape – Helping to keep children safe 
www.kidscape.org.uk

*Pupiline – For us, by us 
www.pupiline.co.uk

*Think U know – Safe surfing 
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/safesurfing

*The Young Scot national website- 
www.youngscot.org