You are recognised online by your personal details. If the wrong person has that information they can steal your identity, pretend to be you on social media and even access your finances.

Educate your kids on how to protect their personal information and privacy

  • Don't give out personal details about yourself or your family including:
    • full name, date of birth or age
    • where you live
    • where your children go to school
    • contact details including email addresses
    • bank account details
    • user names and passwords.
  • Help your child to understand the importance of using strong usernames and passwords that don't reveal anything personal. For example 'Katy1998' could reveal name, gender and age. Use a different username and password for each online account.
  • Explain how to recognise spam, usually messages from people or organisations you do not know, and delete them without opening them.
  • Support your child and explain that if they are not sure about whether they should be sharing something online to ask an adult first.
  • Encourage family discussions about safe online practises, making it easy for kids and teens to ask you anything.

Where to get help

Online safety information targeted to young people

Additional support

A full list of useful contacts can be found on the Contact us page.