Chatting is a great way to stay in touch and keep up to date with friends. E-mail, MSN, Skype, text – what’s your favourite?
These days you can chat with people in loads of different ways. From your computer, your mobile, on webcam and from games consoles. Feel free to chat but remember whatever technology you are chatting on …from your phone to your games console, the rules are the same. Be suspicious and always ask an adult if you’re not sure.
Treat your online space with respect – only allow your real life friends to link to you…if you haven’t met them in real life don’t link to them.
Use a nickname online (not your real name) and a nickname that is not going to attract the wrong type of attention!
Meeting up with an online friend can be dangerous – if you really have to meet up with them speak to an adult and make sure that they go with you.
ALWAYS have a good look at the privacy settings of any spaces you post personal information on and make sure you know who can see or copy your stuff!
Look out for your friends online and do something if you think they are at risk.
Delete chainmails – they’re just rubbish.
Learn the SMART rules and use them when you chat online.