internet safety

General Tips.....

Pictures & Videos
Posting pictures and videos is fun and it’s generally cool to share. But once you post a
photo on a website, remember that most people can see what you’ve put up! Once a
picture is online, other people can download it and do what they like with it…it’s not just
yours any more.

Keep it private
You may want to consider marking your photos private, so that only your friends can view
the pictures. Protect yourself – set your photos to be seen only by either registered users
or friends. Never let anyone have access to your passwords. Check the privacy settings on
your accounts, and make sure you know how to keep your personal information private.

Are you sure you want to go public?
You must be sure you are happy to have pictures or videos of yourself online and in public.
Please, always make sure that there is nothing in them that can make strangers work out
where you live. And never give out very personal information like your address or mobile
number or even your email address to people you meet online. Keep personal information
as general as possible.

Making friends online
It’s never a good idea to meet up with someone you’ve only met online - online friends can be great, but you should just be friends with them online. Remember, not everyone online is who they say they are. You should only ever meet an online friend if you’ve told a parent or carer and they can come with you.

Respect and tolerance
Online it’s easy to be misunderstood – you write something then realise it looks odd or it wasn’t what you meant. Think carefully about what you say before you write or post anything online. It’s also easy to get worked up because you disagree with something or someone has annoyed you. Try and be cool and respect other people’s opinions and views. We can’t all get along all of the time, but we can try to be respectful – just because you don’t agree with them, it doesn’t mean that you have to be rude or abusive.

Check up on yourself!
Google yourself every now and again - especially looking for images. It will show you what is online about you and what others can see – and you can make changes if you don’t like what you see!

Reporting bullying and abuse
Always report anything abusive you see online to the site concerned. Flag it, report it, do whatever you can – but don’t just move on without doing anything. The web is a great place with a few dodgy characters – don’t let them get away with behaving in an unacceptable way.

Sexting & 'Zipit'
More than 60% of young people (in a survey by Childline) said that they had been asked to create a sexual image or video of themselves and send it to a friend. In the survey lots of teenagers said that they felt under pressure to send out images and worried about where the images were going. It is a huge risk and Childline offer two great ways to help you stay in control.

The first is a really cool free app - Zipit: it helps you get flirty chat back on the right track with witty comebacks and top tips to help you stay in control of your chat game...

- Save images onto your device and share them with your friends!
- Share images on Facebook, Twitter, BBM or via email
- Find out how to deal with a sexting crisis
- Get advice to help you flirt without failing
- Call ChildLine or save the number to your phone

You can also share images from Zipit through other apps like Whatsapp or Instagram, depending on what kind of phone you have and what apps you have on your phone.

Secondly, Childline can help you if things go wrong: if an explicit image of yourself appears online and you want to get it deleted but feel scared to tell anyone else, call Childline on 0800 1111.

1. ChildLine will request verification of the name and date of birth of the young person pictured by
• obtaining scanned copies of official photographic ID, or
• verification from a school, social worker or police liaison officer.

2. If it is necessary to seek verification of age without photographic ID, the reason for this request will remain confidential.

3. ChildLine will complete an IWF (the Internet Watch Foundation) referral form including a link to the image or video to be removed. Reports made to the IWF are confidential.

4. On receipt of the referral form, the IWF team assess the report against UK law.

5. IWF contacts the police and either the hosting company or relevant global hotline to ensure the online image is removed.

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