On the Internet
It may seem like second nature to chat with people on the internet or send texts from your mobile, but you could be taking a risk by sharing personal details with a stranger. The following tips will help to keep you safe whilst you have fun:
- Never give out personal details over the internet (e.g. in chat rooms, blogs or social networking sites like Facebook and Bebo)
- Don’t arrange to meet people you have met over the internet without first telling your parent or carer
- If you like playing online games, try to be polite to other players over the mic or in chat rooms. Treat others as you would want to be treated.
- Being aggressive or unkind to people on the internet is often called Cyber Bullying. If you think you are being bullied, tell a parent or carer, or report the bully (most online games have a ‘grief’ feature where you can flag up bad behaviour)
- Make a note of your mobile IMEI number. This can be found on the box the phone came in, on your contract, on a label behind the phones battery or by keying in *#06#.
- You can then register your phone for free on the Immobilise website. This database lets the police know you are the rightful owner
- Teach your parent/carer to text so that he/she doesn’t always have to call you
- Set your phone to vibrate or discreet so you are not a target for phone thieves. Don’t walk while you talk or text, so you are aware of what’s going on around you. Avoid using your phone when you are near bus/train/tram stops.
- Remember, you can still dial 999 even if you have no credit
- You can call 100 in a phone box to reverse the charges, so if your phone is out of action you can still call home.
Find out more about Cyberbullying