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Acting Safely Online

The internet is a great tool to interact with friends and family online as well as giving access to so much entertainment and learning opportunities. However, as with everything in life, the internet has to be used responsibly to keep you, your friends and your family safe.

The information and links below should help you learn about using the internet safely and what to do if things don’t go to plan. Remember! If you’re ever unsure of anything make sure to ask a parent, guardian or scouter!!


Minding your Friends and Family

Watch out for the following signs:

  • Starts to spend increasing amounts of time on the Internet and becomes preoccupied with it
  • Becomes emotionally distant and less available
  • Becomes increasingly withdrawn, e.g., from family and/or social activities
  • Becomes increasingly secretive and/or defensive about their Internet activities
  • Regularly makes plausible excuses for needing to work online
  • Begins viewing, or increases their viewing of pornography
  • Makes promises not to go online and then breaks them
  • Changes their sexual attitudes and preferences
  • Attempts to hide their online activity, including storage of files
  • Uses the Internet late at night


If you notice any of the signs above in yourself or another friend talk you your Parent(s) / Guardian(s), Scout Leader or Teacher about it. They only want to help.


Advice for Parents

The internet is incredibly influential in the lives of young people around the world. It allows people to connect, entertain, learn and work around the world. For all the amazing uses there are of the internet it’s important to teach your child to use the internet responsibly for their own sake and the sake of others. Our friends a give these tips to use the internet and encourage best practices:


  1. The example you set is the most powerful influence on your child
  2. Turn off all screens when not in use, not left on in the background
  3. Rely on screens only as one of many ways to amuse your child
  4. At least one evening a week is a family night – everyone’s screens OFF
  5. Encourage your child to teach you how their various apps etc. work
  6. Agree clear rules with your child for screen time
  7. Remind your child not to open spam or unfamiliar hyperlinks or pop-ups
  8. Teach them how to block and report offensive material and to tell you
  9. Stay connected to trusted friends / family OFFLINE
  10. Bedrooms are for REST – no devices
  11. Buy an alarm clock for your child and charge their phone in your room



Useful Links

Webwise –

Hotline –

National Youth Council of Ireland -

Think U Know -

Cyber Safe Ireland -

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