Safe Online Shopping Tips

We’ve teamed up with Family Channel and The Next Step to help you and your family stay safe online. The article below, authored by Shelby Bain (Amy) from The Next Step, provides some tips to keep you safe when online shopping this holiday season.

Also, check out this related video, featuring Shelby and Isaiah Peck (Henry), where they talk about how to protect your personal information while online shopping.

See our videos page for more Digital Safety Tips videos featuring talent from The Next Step.

Hi, my name is Shelby Bain, but most people know me as “Amy” from Family Channel’s hit series, The Next Step. I love being an actress and a dancer, but sometimes juggling the two with school, family and friends can be hard. Since I’m super busy, that also means that I have very little time to do one of my favourite things – go to the mall to shop! Luckily, there’s online shopping, which is a fun and easy way for me to do all of my holiday shopping!

Online shopping can be super convenient, but I don’t want to waste my money or become a victim of fraud or identity theft, so I always follow these simple steps to make sure that the site is safe.

First, I make sure that the web address starts with https, not just http. I didn’t know this, but the “s” in https stands for secure. That way, I know it’s safe!

Another good way to see if a site is legit, is to check for a physical address, privacy statement, phone number and return policy. These are all usually found at the bottom of the page. If any of these things are missing from the site, it’s probably not a place you want to be shopping.

Looking up customer reviews to see what other shoppers are saying about the website and the company can be really helpful when it comes to fit and quality, but they can also help you stay safe! If the reviews are bad or don’t exist, I always head to a different site. If the reviews are positive and seem real, I continue on.

Last but not least, I love a good deal, but when the prices seem too good to be true, it probably means that they are. Customer reviews are really helpful for this too!

It’s really important to follow all of these steps to make sure that you don’t lose any money, become a victim of fraud or identity theft, or end up with cheap products.

I hope these tips come in handy next time you go online shopping, especially with the holiday’s right around the corner.

Happy (safe) shopping everyone!