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Let’s be Cyber Heroes

To make the most of the Internet, children need to make smart decisions. Being a Cyber Hero empowers younger children to use the web safely and wisely, so they can be confident explorers of the online world.

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Be Cyber Smart

Share with Care

Good (and bad) news travel fast online. By oversharing messages, videos or photos, children can sometimes get into tricky situations with lasting consequences. How can kids prevent this? They need to understand what they should and shouldn’t share with their friends and acquaintances.

Every Word Matters

  • Treat online communication the same as being face-to-face.
  • If it isn’t right to say, it isn’t right to post. When in doubt, ask for advice.
  • Personal details about family, friends – and yourself – should stay private.
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Be Cyber Alert

Don’t Fall for Fake

People and situations online aren’t always what they seem. Cyber Heroes know how to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not.

Spot the Signs of a Scam

  • If messages about 'winning' or getting something for 'free' feel too good to be true, they probably are.
  • Things are getting too personal? Ask yourself, why would someone want to have private information about you.
  • Always think critically before doing anything online – and learn to trust your intuition.
  • Be on your guard for phishing attempts – people who try to steal information, such as your login or account details, by pretending to be someone you know in an email or an instant message.
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Be Cyber Strong

Secure your secrets

Personal privacy and security are as important online as they are in the real world. Keeping valuable information safe helps children avoid damaging their devices, reputation and social life.

Create a Strong Password

  • Make it memorable, but don't use personal information, such as names or birthdays.
  • Use a mix of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, symbols and numbers.
  • R3pl@ce le++ers wit# sYmb0ls & n^mb3rs 1ike Thi$.

Switch It Up

  • Never use the same password on different sites.
  • Create a few different variations of the same password for different accounts.
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Be Cyber Kind

It's cool to be kind

The Internet amplifies everything: good things seem more exciting, bad things seem much worse and can hurt – a lot. A great rule to live by, online and offline, is ‘treat others as you would like to be treated yourself’. Children can have a positive impact on others and counter bullying by refusing to join in.

Set a Good Example

  • Be a positive driving force. Use the Internet positively.
  • Stop the spread of harmful or untrue messages by not passing them on to others.
  • Respect others, including if they are different.
  • Block cruel, upsetting or inappropriate behaviour online.
  • Be a Cyber Hero. Stand up for others and support those being bullied.
  • Encourage others to do the same.
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Be Cyber Brave

When in Doubt, Talk It Out

If children feel uncomfortable about something they have seen online, they should talk about it with a trusted adult. Adults can support this by showing they're open to talking, even about difficult or embarrassing things.

Our advice to parents and educators: encourage Cyber Hero behaviour

  • Set clear rules at home and explain those to children so they understand what are the consequences, for them and others, of inappropriate behaviours online.
  • Rather than having one big 'Internet safety conversation', talk about it regularly with your children. Encourage them to ask questions whenever they want.
  • Also encourage your children to talk to other trusted adults, such as teachers, relatives or friends.
  • At home, keep the number of the Child Focus helpline (118 000) visible at all times, and make sure your children know they can use it.
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