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Do you know how to stay safe online? A quiz for kids


Being online can bring with it a lot of amazing opportunities to have fun and learn – but it can also be a dangerous place.

To mark Safer Internet Day, we've brought you a quiz to help youngsters understand what they should do to stay safe online

The quiz looks at how the internet affects your day to day life as well as your friendships online.

It’s designed for 8-13 year olds but can be played by anyone. We suggest parents do the quiz with their children and discuss which answer is the best option.

For each question select ONE answer:


Question 1. You update one of your profile pictures online and after two hours no one has liked it. What do you do?

  1. Keep using the picture anyway. You chose it because you really liked it.
  2. Delete the picture straight away. It can’t have been that nice if no one seems interested.
  3. Message your friends and tell them they have to like your picture immediately!


Question 2. You are playing an online game and someone you don’t know wants to add you as a friend. What do you do?

  1. Add them, it’s really nice to have more friends.
  2. Let your parents or carers know, so they can check who it is.
  3. Ask the unknown person a few questions first to get to know them.


Question 3. The latest online craze involves surprising your friends and trying to scare them as much as possible, then posting the video for everyone to see. Loads of your friends have done it and now say it’s your turn. How do you feel?

  1. You eventually choose to take part and plan to apologise to the friend that you’ve scared afterwards.
  2. You do it without hesitation. You don’t want to be the only one who’s left out!
  3. You decide not to take part as you don’t know how it would make your friend feel.


Question 4. You have entered a photo into an online fancy dress competition and someone has left an unkind comment about your picture. What do you do?

  1. Say something mean back, so they know how it feels.
  2. Ask an adult to help you report the comment online.
  3. Remove your entry from the competition and decide to never to take part in something like that online again.


Question 5. Your best friend tells you their password and says, ‘If you’re a good friend then you’d share yours too.’ What do you do?

  1. Say that you can’t share your password because it’s just for you.
  2. Make up a password and tell it to him/her, to keep them happy.
  3. Share your password, they’re a good friend and you trust them.


Question 6. You went to a party recently and there was a huge food fight. Someone filmed it and has put the video online, including the names of everyone involved. What do you do?

  1. Nothing, you don’t mind that your name is online. It was just a bit of fun.
  2. You feel a bit worried, but you and your friends decide to keep quiet about it.
  3. You tell your parents about the video so that they can help you.


Question 7. You are doing your homework and want to check the info that you’ve found. The website says one thing but your friend says something completely different. How can you tell who is right?

  1. Ask your friend where they got the answer, and go with what they say if it sounds trustworthy.
  2. You want another opinion and so you check another couple of websites to help you decide.
  3. The website must be right. If it’s online then it’s been written by experts.


Question 8. Someone from another school, that you know online, wants to meet you outside the local shops, so you can hang out together. You know their name but haven’t met them before. What should you do?

  1. Tell them you’ll be there after school, and make sure your friends come with you.
  2. Meet them outside the shops; it’s a busy place so you’ll feel safe by yourself.
  3. Let your parents / carers know straight away.


Question 9. Your internet games accounts are private and you have fewer friends online than lots of people in your class. What do you do?

  1. You don't add anyone you don’t know in person. You know who your true friends are and that’s what matters.
  2. Ask your friends to recommend people that you could add. At least you'll know they're trustworthy.
  3. Start to accept friend requests from anyone so you can get more friends as quickly as you can.


Question 10: You are in a group message conversation and the group leader removes one of your friends without telling them. They’re really upset... How do you react?

  1. You decide to do nothing. Your friend may be upset but it’s not your problem.
  2. Speak to your friend and decide together what to do next and advise them to speak to an adult they trust.
  3. You leave the group immediately, as you don’t want to be part of it, but you don’t do anything else


Now check the answer sheet and see how you got on!

Download the answers here

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