Safety And Technology
Technology is amazing and it’s changed the way we talk to each other but there are risks involved. It’s easy to end up revealing things that you would never do in ‘real life’.
Not everyone you chat to online is who they say they are. Never share personal information (e.g. name, address or phone number) with people you don’t know.
Check your privacy settings on any social networking sites – make sure that you control who sees your profile.
Webcam is not private! Anything you do or say can be recorded and shared.
Even if an app or site appears to be secure, someone can still take a screenshot.
Once you post a message or image it is out of your control and can remain there for ever. Even a future employer or university admissions tutor could see it.
You can register your phone or gadget for free on www.immobilise.com so the police know you are the rightful owner.
Don't make yourself a target for thieves: Avoid talking or texting while you're walking so you know what’s going on around you. Be particularly careful if you're using your phone at bus/train/tram stops.
Remember, you can still dial 999 on your mobile even if you have no credit.
Sexting is posting a message or photo of something sexually explicit e.g. a naked selfie. It can start off as a bit of fun but, once you’ve sent something out, you can’t take it back and it can end up anywhere.
If someone asks you to send something e.g. a photo, think first about whether you’d be happy for other people – e.g. your parents or grandma – to see it.
If things get out of hand
If you've posted something and now regret it, report it immediately to the hosting site. For example, if it is a naked selfie, there is a good chance that this will breach the site’s own rules and that they will be keen to remove it.
If someone has behaved in a way that makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, you can report it to CEOP, the Child Exploitation Online Protection centre.
Tell a parent, carer or an adult you can trust.
Organisations that can help
Childline - www.childline.org.uk
ThinkUknow - www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Safer Internet Centre - www.saferinternet.org.uk
Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - ceop.police.uk