Having a mobile phone and going online is great for lots of reasons. But it's important to be aware of the dangers too. Learn how to stay safe online - also when playing online games - and how to deal with difficult situations such as what to do if a sexual image has fallen into the wrong hands or you get bullied online.
Top 3 tips for staying safe online:
Be careful what you share - If you wouldn't want your teachers or parents to see it, it's probably best not to post it. Because once it's online, it's out of your control
Don't meet people you don't know - Even if you get on with them online, you never know who they really are
Use a complex password - It should be hard for other people to guess your password and it's a good idea to change it regularly.
Keep your personal information private and remember, not everyone is who they say they are online. Make sure you don't share your name, age, address and location with anyone.
'I didn't know she was...'
This is a short film about the dangers of online grooming, sexual exploitation and sexting. It shows how easily young people can be taken in when talking to strangers online.
What is Sexting?
Sexting is when someone sends or receives a sexually explicit text, image or video. This includes sending ‘nude pics’, ‘rude pics’ or ‘nude selfies’. Pressuring someone into sending a nude pic can happen in any relationship and to anyone, whatever their age, gender or sexual preference. It’s easy to think that everybody is sending these nude selfies – they’re not! Putting pressure on someone to send a nude pic, or sharing someone’s picture without their permission, even if it’s a friend and they say it’s just banter is wrong and even illegal.
If you have shared a ‘nude pic’ of yourself, don’t worry, there is help available.
Advice and reporting a concern
If you feel frightened, threatened, worried or unsafe about anything that has happened whilst using the internet e.g. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or in chat rooms, you should report it as you have a right to be safe on the internet.
If you are worried about anything that has happened on the internet you can tell:
- Someone you can trust like a parent, teacher or a relative
- Contact Childline on 0800 1111
- Click CEOP's Report abuse button
Childline has a lot of information about such situations and you can speak to them anonymously on 0800 1111 (it's free).
Disrespect Nobody - advice in regards to sexting, relationship abuse, rape, consent and porn.
Live My Digital - videos about common issues you might face when using the internet or social media.
SAFE - Some facts and the law on internet safety.
Think you know provides great information for all age groups.
Young people in Lambeth designed the comic Be Safe which tells you more about staying safe online.