Online Safety – It Starts with YOU
The internet is an amazing place and a wonderful resource, and our aim is to help make the internet a great and safe place for you.
Be Smart, Stay Safe Online:
The internet can be fun and a great way to chat, share files and listen to music. But remember to be smart and stay safe
- Keep personal info like mobile number and address to yourself.
- Not all people you meet online are real or honest.
- If you publish a pic or video ANYONE can change or share it.
- Remember you can block people you don’t know in chat and Instant Messenger
- If you find anything that makes you uncomfortable online, tell an adult you trust like a parent or teacher.
REPORT ABUSE – For more information visit: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or someone you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up – You can report it here
Stay Safe Online:
Remember the 5 SMART rules when using the internet and mobile phones.
S – Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – such as your full name, email address, phone number, home address, photos or school name – to be people you are chatting with online.
M – Meet: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then, only when they can be present.
A – Accepting: Accepting emails, IM Messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know, or trust can lead to problems – they can contain viruses or nasty messages!
R – Reliable: Information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they are. Make sure you check information before you believe it.
T – Tell: Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
You can find out more on Childnet’s website….
‘First to a Million’
Ever posted something you regret? Find out how to get help when things go too far. You choose what happens in this interactive film! ‘First to a million’ http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/14_plus/Films/FTAM/
Thinking about ‘sexting’
You may have been tempted in the past to send naked pictures or videos of yourself, perhaps to a friend’s mobile, on a web cam, or on social media. Some people call this “sexting”, “cybersex” or “sending a nudie”. This makes it sound exciting and fun. It can feel really private too.
But sexting is never private – All images can be saved or ‘screen grabbed’ by the person receiving it – even if you think you are using a private network or a temporary message app like Snapchat. Once a photo is shared online, you have lost all control of it and it will be virtually impossible for you to undo. Even if you change your mind and delete the photo you uploaded, other people may have already shared or copied the image. This puts you at risk of abuse or exploitation by others.
Find out more from this website: http://www.itsnotokay.co.uk
If you have ever posted a nude selfie there is a service that can help take down the pictures found online. Operated by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Childline. The YOTI app is used to verify the user’s identity securely – 3 simple steps are followed:
- Download Yoti, the easiest most secure way to provide identity.
- Report – give details of the nude image and where it could be online
- Remove – the IWF will review the details and work to have it removed
For further information click here
Healthy and unhealthy relationships:
Lots of young people have been contacting ChildLine about their relationships. Now you can get advice and support to help them work out what feels right. Find out more here.
There is also a ChildLine campaign that highlights what is an unhealthy relationship so watch the following films;
“#ListenToYourSelfie | The Game | ChildLine” on YouTube; https://youtu.be/TcMd468Pqbs
“#ListenToYourSelfie | The Party | ChildLine” on YouTube; https://youtu.be/_G8b7yZapkI
When a boyfriend or girlfriend or a friend uses verbal insults, mean language, nasty putdowns, gets physical by hitting or slapping, or forces someone into sexual activity, it's a sign of verbal, emotional, or physical abuse.
Ask yourself, does my boyfriend or girlfriend or friend:
- get angry when I don't drop everything for him or her?
- criticise the way I look or dress, and say I'll never be able to find anyone else who would like/date me?
- keep me from seeing friends or from talking to other people?
- want me to quit an activity, even though I love it?
- ever raise a hand when angry, like he or she is about to hit me?
- try to force me to go further sexually than I want to?
These aren't the only questions you can ask yourself. If you can think of any way in which your boyfriend or girlfriend or friend is trying to control you, make you feel bad about yourself, isolate you from the rest of your world, or — this is a big one — harm you physically or sexually, then it's time to get out, fast. Let a trusted friend or family member know what's going on and make sure you're safe.
It can be tempting to make excuses or misinterpret violence, possessiveness, or anger as an expression of love. But even if you know that the person hurting you loves you, it is not healthy. No one deserves to be hit, shoved, or forced into anything they don't want to do.
Radicalisation, Terrorism and Extremism
The internet is used by some people to promote radicalisation, terrorism and extremism. The Government and police are committed to protecting the public from this type of content online, but we cannot do this alone. Everyone who uses the internet can help to make it safer.
Radicalisation is defined as the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism and, in some cases, to then participate in terrorist groups. There is no obvious profile of a person likely to become involved in extremism or a single indicator of when a person might move to adopt violence in support of extremist ideas. The process of radicalisation is different for every individual and can take place over an extended period or within a very short time frame.
Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. Included in the definition of extremism calls for the death of members of the armed forces, whether in this country or overseas. Violent extremism is a real threat to all communities - violent extremists actively aim to damage community relations and create division.
What is terrorist material?
- Articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism
- Chat forums with postings calling for people to commit acts of terrorism or violent extremism
- Content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism
- Websites made by terrorist organisations
- Videos of terrorist attacks
There is a dedicated webpage where you can report online content you think might be illegal, or which you find offensive here