Staying safe online
The internet is a great resource, but can also be a risky place. Here are some links and information to help young people to stay safe online.
Young people tell us:
- they thought they knew who they were talking to online – until it turned out to be a stranger
- they thought it was ok to share a photo with their boyfriend or girlfriend – but realised it wasn’t when they broke up
- their parents think they know what they are doing online when really they don’t
- they wish they knew who to turn to when they were bullied
- they wish they had known earlier about keeping their online profile private
What can you do:
Want to talk to someone?
YC Hertfordshire staff can discuss your concerns with you. Call in to one of our One Stop Shops or youth projects where we can give you information and guidance to help you to deal with your situation, and support you to cope with your feelings and worries. Or you can speak to a personal adviser at school or college.
Reporting a problem
If anything online has made you worried or uncomfortable, you can report it to CEOP (the national Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency) by clicking here. You don't have to give your name.
Bullying online is never OK. Find out how to get help here.
7 tips for staying safe online
The internet can be fun and a great place to chat and share photos so it’s important to keep it that way! Keep yourself safe online by using these top tips:
The ThinkuKnow website
Run by the national CEOP agency, the ThinkUKnow site has lots of information and up to date advice.
Herts Citizen Academy website
Think you know about sexting? Do this 10 minute course and take the quiz.
Leaflet for young people with learning disabilities
This leaflet about staying safe on social media and online is by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities and is in an easy to read format. How to keep safe online
Watch this video made by young people about online bullying: