Original Source: BBCSecret
Secret is the first and one of the most important rules for online safety. Keeping personal information secret should become second nature to online users.
Never give out your name, address or phone number, because it's like giving out the keys to your home.
Never give out your password, because if someone knows your password they can often use it to find out other personal details.Meeting
Using message boards is a great way to find out fun things and meet new people, but people you meet while on forums can also be dangerous.
Someone who appears nice online, may be very different in person. So arranging to meet in 'real life' is not a safe thing to do.
Children should only ever meet strangers with their parents' permission and when they can be present.
If an adult goes with a child to meet a new forum buddy, always meet in a public place such as a café or shopping centre. You should never meet with anyone who won't accept this rule.Accept
The majority of viruses and files could have no effect on your computer if you don't open them or let them get on there in the first place.
Downloading attachments from people you don't really know or trust can get you into trouble. Remember
People you meet online may seem very nice to you, but that doesn't mean that they are telling the truth.
Many people are not who they say they are online and are pretending to be someone else. You wouldn't trust someone you knew in real life if they lied, so don't get tricked in the online world.Consider
Consider placing the computer in a shared room of the house so its use does not become secretive and hidden. Make your online use a family affair.Photos
If you have any photos showing your street address, street name or a uniform it's recommended
that you do not post these pictures on online forums. This is one of the most easiest ways that someone can know where you live.Report
Please always know you have the right to report members to the moderation and administration of the board you are needing to report that user at. Please state why you wish to report this user and what they have done. The board owners can choose to ban that user if they see a need to do so.Passwords:
Passwords are an important part to Safety. Once someone hacks you they can (if you have enough info provided) track you down.