As technology improves, there are lots of exciting opportunities, but of course risks too. Educating yourself, keeping up to date on security and staying aware of privacy issues can help you keep clear of online exploitation, abuse or bullying. Some of the risky things you may come across online are:
Resources and more information:
Staying Safe Online - Relationships and sexual health advice from Brook
Find out how to keep yourself safe online - Tips and tricks from Think U Know
Online and mobile safety advice - Advice including privacy, online gaming, cyberbullying from Childline
Marie Collins Foundation Steering clear of Indecent Images of Children – helping young men to stay safe online - This campaign aims to protect victims from online sexual abuse by guiding young men away from illegal content and driving awareness of the law so they can navigate their online environment safely and legally.
Remember: your online friends are not the same as your real ones.
Criminals are increasingly targeting children and young people via online gaming sites, pretending to be someone who they are not. This can often lead to bullying, grooming and sexual exploitation.
Resources for keeping safe online
Childline - has tips to keep safe while playing online.
ThinkUKnow - Online gaming: tips for playing safe
Safe Date website – advice on healthy relationships
What child sexual exploitation means – video made by teenagers
Houseparty exploded in popularity during lockdown, but did you know is isn’t automatically set to private? That means anyone could video call you without you having to accept. Make sure you change your privacy settings.
Livestreaming is popular way to communicate with your friends or wider community, but remember livestreams have risks: