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Social Media Safety Checklists

The internet is a brilliant place to connect with others, to be creative and to discover new things.

The UK Safer Internet Centre has lots of e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.

Students should click here to find films, games, quizzes and advice to help you to use the internet safely, responsibly and positively.

There are also sections that advise parents and carers  and teachers and other professionals how to play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online.


Top Tips for Social Media:

  1. Friends: consider who you choose to accept or invite as a friend on your social networks. Once you accept someone as a friend they are able to see your content. If someone is aggressive or inappropriate to you online most social networking sites have tools to help you block or delete that person.
  2. Privacy: most social networking sites have tools available to protect the things you post online and how much you share with others. It’s really important to check your privacy settings.  We would recommend that you change your settings so that you are only sharing with your friends.
  3. Think before you post: It is important to remember that once you post something online it is potentially there forever! This also relates to content that you post about others; what starts out as a joke or gossip can quickly escalate and cause real pain and upset that can’t be taken back.
  4. Photos: remember your profile picture is the first impression you may give someone. Think carefully about the photos you choose to share online and keep in mind – would you want a future employee to see that photo?
  5. Reporting: most social networking sites have a reporting feature in place. If something or someone has broken the social networking site’s terms of use and are upsetting or harassing you, then you are able to make a report. All reports are anonymous and will be responded to promptly. The Need Help section on the Childnet website provides advice on reporting on your favourite social networking sites.


The buttons below contain checklists for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Ask.fm which show you how to report on each service and how to ensure you stay safe and protect yourself.


AskFM Checklist

Facebook Checklist

Instagram Checklist

Snapchat Checklist

Twitter Checklist