We want you to stay safe and in this section we have some helpful hints about chat room safety and about keeping yourself safe when you are out and about.
Staying safe online…
It’s easy to post information on the internet – from your computer, phone, or games console, and we sometimes do this without thinking.
Occasionally, we might post something we wish we hadn’t because people can save it and show it to others. YouTube will take down inappropriate or offensive content, but not always immediately. If you are logged in, you can ‘flag as inappropriate’ – see the link under the video itself.
If you are in any doubt about whether to post personal information don’t do it.
Some people might try to persuade you to post sexual content online, such as photos of yourself. If you feel uncomfortable about anything you’re asked to do online – block them and then report it to someone you trust.
You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to so just say no if your instincts tell you it doesn’t feel right. Be very careful when giving information about where you live, where you go to school, and where you hang-out at weekends. You never know who’s piecing together your story.
Speaking to people online
Unfortunately, as well as great people, there are some really strange people who use the internet – people who aren’t friendly or who lie about who they really are. If someone is being nasty to you, speak to a member of staff at school, your parents, or someone you trust.
If someone is saying things that make you feel uncomfortable, or asking you to do things that seem wrong, save the conversation, block them and then report it.
The internet is available for anyone to post things, and sometimes you might come across things you wish you hadn’t seen, even if you weren’t looking for them. If you see something that you just don’t like, go and tell an adult you trust. If you are accessing the internet from the Youth Café, speak to one of the staff.
Don’t feel pressured!
Feeling pressured to do things you don’t want to
People who abuse young people online will manipulate friendships and pressure you into doing things you don’t want to. Examples of this can include talking about sexual things, asking you to do things on a webcam or persuading you to meet up.
The first thing to realise about this kind of pressure is that it is wrong. People who pressure young people into doing anything that they don’t feel comfortable with should be reported and blocked. They can be very clever and make you feel as though you have to do something because you owe them, or because otherwise they will get you in trouble…YOU WON’T.
Never arrange to meet someone you don’t know if you met them on the internet.
We value any feedback you have about Careers for Young People and you are welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments.
On-line Safety for Kids: A parent’s guide to protecting children’s privacy (Secure Thoughts)
Better Internet for Kids (https://www.betterinternetforkids.eu/) – a site promoting safe digital habits for everyone. It also has blog posts for trending internet topics and even has a hotline where families can receive support, and report anything suspicious online.
Staying Safe Online: (https://www.childline.org.uk) – Awareness of the dangers on the Internet and how to deal with them including taking care of your digital footprint and support with bullying on social media.