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Keeping Safe Online

Social Networks

The internet is constantly changing with new applications and programmes being developed every day. Its never been easier to post online from your computer, digital camera, or mobile, that often we do so without thinking. Sometimes we post things we wish we hadn’t and want to get them removed.  Most sites will have a delete post option, but remember that once you have put something up – anyone can save it and re post.   

It is always worth remembering that some employers look at the social network pages of prospective employees which may contain photos of a good night out which you have uploaded or friends have tagged you in. 

Sexting

Someone taking an indecent image of themselves and sending to their friends or boy/girlfriend either by mobile phone or other form of technology is sometimes referred to as sexting.  Once these images have been sent to others, control is lost of them and they can end up anywhere.  By sending an indecent picture of someone under the age of 18 onto someone else you are breaking the law.  For lots of useful information and advice about keeping your self safe on line log onto

www.thinkyouknow.co.uk which has age appropriate guidance for both young people and parents.  This web site is operated by an organisation called CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection and if you have any concerns regarding child exploitation on line you can contact them confidentially on their website or helpline 0870 000 3344.  The CEOP website will also advise you on how to report on specific social networking.

Keeping Safe in Chat rooms

Going into an internet chat room is a great way to have fun and make new friends. But be careful – you can’t see or hear the people you talk to in chat rooms and sometimes they lie about who they say they are. There are plenty of ways to stay safe in chat rooms.  Don’t use your name use a nickname and never lie about your age.  Never give out personal details such as your mobile number or home address, use only public chat rooms (not one to one) – if you don’t like someone in the chat room you can block them. 

Other web sites where you can get advice and support