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Top tips for young people
1. Always set your social networks (Hi5. Facebooks, Bebo) to
To do this
- click on my accounts
- scroll down to privacy settings
- click only friends and networks..it is that easy!
2. Never give out personal information such as home address,
school, and phone numbers
3. Dont post pictures of yourself that you may be embarrassed by
4. Posting videos that are rude or offensive can come back to
haunt you later if you are trying to get into college or
universitywhat you put on the internet stays there!
5. Never send pictures of yourself that can be seen as nasty or
inappropriate while using your phone...it can be illegal!
6. Always keep your Bluetooth on OFF
7. Dont send mean or harassing messages while using the internet
or your phone...that makes you a cyberbully!
8. Do not give out personal information while gaming...it is the
same as on MSN!
9. Remember that illegal downloading can cost you access to the
internet...if you get caught, they will shut off your internet
10. If you are getting harassed on the internet or with your
phone, report the abuse to the phone company or msn programme, they
11. If someone asks you for inappropriate materials of yourself
or others, always report them to www.ceop.gov.uk
Why do children and young people need to know about
It is important that you know about the issues that affect your
Esafety is not just about protecting you from people trying to
harm you on the internet, whether it is by sexually exploiting you,
sexually harming you in person, or by sending you harmful
It is also about helping you understand about the consequences
of viewing inappropriate material online, being a bully online, and
about downloading and producing online materials illegally.
FIVE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE PRESSING "SEND"
- Don't assume anything you send or post is going to remain
- Your messages and images will get passed around, even if you
think they won’t: 40% of teens and young adults say they have had a
sexually suggestive message (originally meant to be private) shown
to them and 20% say they have shared such a message with someone
other than the person for whom is was originally meant.
- There is no changing your mind in cyberspace—anything
you send or post will never truly go away.
- Something that seems fun and flirty and is done on a whim will
never really die. Potential employers, college recruiters,
teachers, coaches, parents, friends, enemies, strangers and others
may all be able to find your past posts, even after you delete
them. And it is nearly impossible to control what other people are
posting about you. Think about it: Even if you have second thoughts
and delete a racy photo, there is no telling who has already copied
that photo and posted it elsewhere.
- Don’t give in to the pressure to do something that makes you
uncomfortable, even in cyberspace.
More than 40% of teens and young adults (42% total, 47% of
teens, 38% of young adults) say "pressure from guys" is a reason
girls and women send and post sexually suggestive messages and
images. More than 20% of teens and young adults (22% total, 24%
teens, 20% young adults) say "pressure from friends" is a reason
guys send and post sexually suggestive messages and images.
Consider the recipient’s reaction.
Just because a message is meant to be fun doesn’t mean the
person who gets it will see it that way. Four in ten teen girls who
have sent sexually suggestive content did so "as a joke" but many
teen boys (29%) agree that girls who send such content are
"expected to date or hook up in real life." It’s easier to be more
provocative or outgoing online, but whatever you write, post or
send does contribute to the real life impression you’re making.
Nothing is truly anonymous.
Nearly one in five young people who send sexually suggestive
messages and images, do so to people they only know online (18%
total, 15% teens, 19% young adults). It is important to remember
that even if someone only knows you by screen name, online profile,
phone number or email address, that they can probably find you if
they try hard enough.
- No matter how old you are, if you have a social network page,
you should have it set to private! Setting privacy settings is
- Sign in to the main page
- In the tool bar, click on settings
- Then click on Privacy
- Each section has its own settings
- Click Only Friends and Networks for each one and you are
- Remember that what you say online is real! When you use MSN
remember that being a bully is not ok! Also, remember that you may
be talking to someone who is not who they say they are and you need
to be safe! Do not give out personal information like your address
and phone number or the school you go to.
A Parent's guide to SNAPCHAT, click here to access the
- Being a bully online can affect everyone!
If you send nasty, rude, harassing or threatening
messages and images to someone, it can affect them in ways you do
not know. It can affect how they see themselves, how they talk to
people, what they eat, how they think and how they
What you say while using the internet or your phone is real and
has real consequences!
To help others who have been victims of cyberbullying, become a
For more information, visit
Things to know about:
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)-
for sexually explicit images or videos
- to send them an inappropriate video or
picture of yourself,
- to meet them in person and they are not
who they said they were
Also if you have been harmed by someone you met off the internet
or if you have seen something you feel needs to be reported about
another child or young person. CEOP can help!
There's also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel
uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to
online. They are called the Child Exploitation & Online
You may like to talk to someone at
Childline - their freephone number is 0800 1111.
Get advice and support if you’re worried about any kind of
relationship abuse including sexting, relationship abuse, consent,
rape and porn.
Click here to go
to their website
Think U Know offers lots of advice for parents and carers on
how to protect your child/ren from internet abuse - click on this link to
visit their website
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