Info and Advice

Talking Makes Us Stronger - Online Safety

If something we see online makes us feel worried or upset, it can help to talk.

Enjoying the internet safely

There are many ways you can stay safe online while also enjoying what the internet has to offer.

Positive things young people can do online include:

  • Learn interesting facts and get information
  • Play games 
  • Keep in touch with friends or family around the world
Some negative things can happen online

It is important to be alert to negative things which can happen online. 

These include:

  • Seeing pictures, videos or other things which make us feel worried or upset
  • Cyberbullying - people sending hurtful messages or content
  • People not being who they seem 

It's important to be aware of what we are sharing online and who we are sharing with. 

Support is available

If something you see online upsets you, you can get support. Is there someone you feel comfortable talking to, such as a parent, a carer or another adult you trust?

You may feel that your parents / carers won't understand what you are talking about, or will take away your device, but talking it through together might be helpful. You might just find a good solution together. 

You can always talk to Childline too. Childline is always here to listen to you and support you. 

EU Safer Internet Ireland Project Partners
Webwise.ie
Webwise.ie
National Parents' Council
National Parents' Council
Office for Internet Safety
Office for Internet Safety
Hotline.ie
Hotline.ie
European Union
European Union
PDST
Professional Development Service for Teachers

Contact Childline

Childline is always here to listen and to support you. You can call Childline on 1800 66 66 66 (24 hours a day), text Childline on 50101 (10am – 4am every day) or chat with Childline online

Talking helps!

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