Using the internet has become a really fun way of keeping in touch with friends and family.
There are lots of ways people do this, including using mobile devices, Whatsapp, chat rooms, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, email, playing games and writing blogs.
Staying safe is about knowing that some people use the internet to be nasty to others. Sometimes things happen which can make you upset. People may say nasty things to you which upset you, or you may see something that you don’t like. If this happens, you must remember that it’s not your fault.
Always tell a trusted adult straight away if you are upset or worried about something that has happened online.
Remember to save any messages that have upset you so you can show them to who you tell - they will be able to help, and they will be able to give you good advice about what else you can do. Never worry about getting in trouble - you aren’t the one who has done anything wrong.
If you don’t want to talk to a trusted adult, you may want to chat to someone else about how you feel. ChildLine is a site where you can have a private 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor who will listen to you and not judge you. You can also call them for free on 0800 1111 and it won’t show up on your phone bill.
In the links below, there is lots of information for you about the internet and mobile devices, so you can make the right choices and be safe.