Safety And Technology

It may seem like second nature to chat on the internet or text your friends but sharing your personal details with a stranger is risky.

The Internet

  • Never give out personal details in chat rooms, blogs or social networking sites like Facebook.
  • Don’t arrange to meet people you have met over the internet without first telling your parent or carer.
  • If you’re playing online games, be polite.
  • Check out

You told us
The Every Child Matters survey found more than a quarter of young people in Y10 had given out personal information to someone online whom they hadn’t met.


  • Register your phone for free on so the police know you are the rightful owner.
  • Set your phone to ‘vibrate’ or ‘discreet’ so you are not a target for thieves.
  • Don’t walk while you talk or text so you know what’s going on around you.
  • Avoid using your phone at bus/train/tram stops.
  • Remember, you can still dial 999 even if you have no credit.

What is sexting?
Sexting is posting a sexually explicit text, image or video on your mobile or over the internet. It can start off as fun but, once you have sent something out, it can end up anywhere. Only do what feels comfortable.


‘You never know who you’re talking to. I would
never tell anyone over the internet anything about
me unless I knew exactly who it was.’

(Jodie, Sheffield Futures Youth Work Apprentice)

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