Searching Safely


Searching Safely

The internet is the biggest library in the world

You can find almost anything you want to, from TV shows to sports results and homework help online. Carry on reading to get some top tips on how to search online and get SMART results.

Image searches
Be careful what you search for! Sometimes pictures can get past your filters. Search carefully and responsibly – a nasty picture can be very difficult to forget!

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Filtering isn’t there to stop your fun what it can do is make sure that things you don’t want to see are stopped before they reach your screen.

Sometimes websites contain pictures or information that are not suitable for children. Make sensible decisions about what you search for online.



Be clear in your online searches try to use more than one word to describe what you are searching for. For example, if you are searching for information on the planet Mercury, entering ‘planet mercury’ into the search box will better results than just entering ‘Mercury’.)
Take care to spell correctly when typing in a search. Even a small typing error can bring up unwanted results.
Remember that not all the information in websites returned in searches is reliable. Look in books, ask people who might know, and look up at least three other websites to check your info.
Make sure you filter your searches online – especially if you are doing an image search.
Bookmark your favourite websites or check your history to make sure you are revisiting the same websites.
If you see something that upsets you, make sure you turn off the screen or make the window smaller on a laptop and tell an adult as soon as possible.

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