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The internet: exciting, informative, helpful, and sometimes a bit overwhelming

Read our tips to get the best out of your online world.

  • Only use social networking websites that are designed for your age group.
  • Only accept friends that you actually know on social networking websites.
  • Don't publish or give out any of your personal details like your address or mobile number.
  • Always ask permission before uploading photos or videos of other people online.
  • If you set up a group, this should be closed and make sure that you adjust your privacy settings to moderate who can become a member of your group and only invite/accept people who you know.
  • If someone online is upsetting you, you can block contacts and report that someone that is making you feel uncomfortable.
  • Be wary of emails that contain unknown links, clicking the links can download viruses or other harmful files onto your devices.
  • If you send pictures, be aware that these can be forwarded onto others.
  • Don't arrange to meet up with anyone you have met on the internet. If you really have to, make sure that you take a responsible friend with you and that you meet in a public place during the day.
  • Speak to a trusted adult if you are concerned about your online safety.


  • If you’re feeling upset about something that has been posted online you can talk to Childline (0800 1111) or Beat Bullying.
  • If someone online is upsetting you or making you feel uncomfortable, you can report it to CEOP
  • Think carefully before you send or share anything online or on your phone – remember they can be forwarded and shared with others
  • If you are unhappy with something that has been posted on the internet, ask the person who put it up, or the website it is on, to take it down as soon as possible
  • Check out the Think you know website for more online safety information.

More from Girlguiding

We also have information for leaders in our digital safeguarding policy. You can also look at the Surf Smart badge that WAGGGS offer.