Most of us are connected via our laptops, mobile phones, tablets or personal computer.The potential for the internet to be a valuable and a fun resource for entertainment, making friends, keeping in touch and learning is huge.But if you use the internet, you could be at risk of illegal activity or abuse - be it bullying, fraud or something more serious.
In the same way you learn about safety when you leave the house, it is important to learn how to stay safe online. Social networking websites and apps, such as Facebook, My Space, Instagram, Viber, Tumblr, Snap Chat, and Twitter have become incredibly popular in recent years.
Most users are genuine, but because it is so easy to hide your real identity, it is possible to come into contact with people you would normally avoid.
A common example A young person tries to let their friends know about their birthday party by posting the information about when and where on their social networking site.
This means hundreds of people end up knowing about the party and turn up uninvited.
The party could turn into chaos with people getting angry and even refusing to leave.
The police would have to get involved to turn people away.
Identity Theft The more information you make available online, the greater the risk of identity theft.
It can be very tempting to reply to an email or open an attachment or post information about yourself on social networking sites, but you should never do it.
Personal information includes your: These images or videos can be sent from a boyfriend or girlfriend or a friend or someone you've met online.