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Find out the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Also, find out what's good, what's not and what you can do about it.


Top tips for young people

1. Always set your social networks (Hi5. Facebooks, Bebo) to private.

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. Don't post pictures of yourself that you may be embarrassed by later

4. Posting videos that are rude or offensive can come back to haunt you later if you are trying to get into college or university what 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. Don't 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 access!

10. If you are getting harassed on the internet or with your phone, report the abuse to the phone company or msn programme, they can help!

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 e-safety?

It is important that you know about the issues that affect your daily lives.

E-safety 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 messages.

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.



  • Don't assume anything you send or post is going to remain private.
  • 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.


Social Networks

- No matter how old you are, if you have a social network page, you should have it set to private! Setting privacy settings is easy!

  1. Sign in to the main page
  2. In the tool bar, click on settings
  3. Then click on Privacy
  4. Each section has its own settings
  5. Click Only Friends and Networks for each one and you are done!




- 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 live!

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 Cybermentor!

For more information, visit http://www.brentlscb.org.uk/main/www.cybermentors.org.uk

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Things to know about:
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)-
for sexually explicit images or videos

  1. to send them an inappropriate video or picture of yourself,
  2. 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 Protection Centre 

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You may like to talk to someone at Childline - their freephone number is 0800 1111.


Removing an online image or video

Childline is working with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to help young people who want to remove sexually explicit images of themselves from the internet. You can use the Childline portal to anonymously verify your identity using the Yoti app, and then submit your application to the IWF to have the image removed wherever it appears on the internet. Click here for more information https://contentreporting.childline.org.uk/


Indecent images of children: guidance for young people

The Home Office has published guidance to help young people understand the law on making or sharing indecent images of children. The guidance includes: definitions of some of the terms used in legislation; examples of situations covered by the law; three short films highlighting the harm that viewing indecent images of children can cause.

Source: Home Office Date: 29 March 2017

Further information: Indecent images of children: guidance for young people


Dealing with unwanted requests for sexual images

Voice Box, Childline’s weekly video chat, features Molly chatting about how to handle the pressure of being asked to send nudes, and what to do if you receive one. Childline has relaunched the Zipit app, which uses humour to help teenagers deal with unwanted requests for sexual images of themselves. The free app offers young people a gallery of images and animations which they can send in response to requests for sexual pictures and to deal with difficult sexting situations.

Source: YouTube  Date: 01 November 2017

Further information: Zipit app


Disrespect NoBody

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

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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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May 2017 newsletter

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Ofsted Inspection

The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted. For more details of the report and a statement by Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of BBSCB can be found here