Internet and Mobile Phone Safety
Mobile and Internet Safety Advice
So you think you know more than adults when it comes to technology? You're probably right. However there are some things you should know to help keep you safe:-
The internet is now part of everyday life. We use it to work, shop, play games and catch up with family and friends. Texting, chatting and video messaging can be fun, and are now part of normal life and mostly do not cause any problems. However you need to be aware of the dangers.
If someone you're chatting to starts to make you feel uncomfortable tell someone you trust or you can report it to police online.
Always think before you send.
Do not give out personal details like your home address, your mobile number or pictures of you or your family and friends to people you do not know. Once they are sent you never know where they will end up.
- Do not arrange to meet anyone you don't know
If you are not sure about something, ask an adult you trust
- Be careful about sites that ask for lots of personal details, you never know where that information goes
If you see anything on a website that upsets you, turn off the screen, and tell an adult you trust
Avoid opening pop ups as much as possible
You might think you've some real cool friends in chat rooms or through IM, but how can you be sure who you are talking to?
The person may appear friendly and trustworthy but then again they may not be
If you haven't met them in real life, you need to remember that they're a stranger. 'Stranger Danger' still applies!
Never reply to texts from people you don't know. If you do not know the sender it's best to delete them straight away. Never be afraid to let someone know if you feel bullied or uncomfortable about anything you've been sent or see online.
What is Grooming?
This is the term used when an adult gradually gets to know a young person by pretending they are safe and friendly, when in fact they plan to abuse the young person. They may pretend to be a young person. They will go out of their way to get you to trust them and this makes it easier for them to avioid getting caught. They may try to contact you through an internet chat room. Grooming is now a specific criminal offence.
If you want to talk to someone you can speak to a Social Worker at the Social Work Services Contact Centre on 03451 551503.
The following websites will give you more information on keeping safe online.
Police Scotland Safety tips to help parents keep their children safe online, "THINK SMART." Tel 101
Internet Watch Foundation The IWF is the only recognised organisation in the UKoperating an internet ‘Hotline’ for the public and IT professionals to report their exposure to potentially illegal content online.
Thinkuknow provides information from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) on how your child can stay safe online. Includes information on mobiles, internet, chatting, blogging and gaming. Your child can also report anything if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they're chatting to online.
Childnet International works in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. On this website you can read about the way they have sought to promote the positive and highlight the creative and inspiring ways children and young people are using the medium for good.
Chatdanger is a site all about the potential dangers on interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles with tips on how to keep safe while chatting online
Kidsmart is an internet safety programme website for schools, young people, parents, and agencies, produced by the children's internet charity Childnet International.
Child Exploitation Online Protection Thinkuknow.co.uk has been created for children and young people. It's full of great stuff on how to stay safe online.