Advice for Pupils

The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people where you can talk to friends, be creative and have fun. However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong.

Staying safe online is extremely important. The majority of you know how to be safe and take precautionary measures to ensure that you stay safe. However, if you are worried or upset about something which has happened on the internet there is help available. If you have experienced sexual or offensive chat that has made you feel uncomfortable or someone is trying to meet up with you, you must take action.

This may have happened in a chat room, message board, instant messenger or on a social networking site. It could be on a mobile phone, games console or computer. It could be messages, images or conversations over webcam. The important thing is that if you know that an adult is making sexual advances to you or a friend on the internet you should take steps to protect.

If there is an adult you trust and feel you can talk to, like a teacher or family member, you should let them know what’s happened. Alternatively you can contact CEOPS and report the offence. Please follow the link to the right.

Advice for Parents

As your child grows, it is only natural that they become more independent. As teenagers ourselves we explored new things and risk taking often formed part of the growing up process. The young people of today are no different. However, technology plays a far greater part in their lives than it did ours. New technology offers young people a plethora of opportunities. They use technology to express themselves, be creative and explore the world around them. Moreover, it has transformed the way they communicate.

Your child has grown up in this world of ever changing technology and may feel more knowledgeable in using it than you do. Many of the things that baffle us form a part of their everyday lives.

If you want more information, please go to thinkuknow.co.uk. This website is a fantastic resource for Parents and Carers and is really worth a look.

If you feel that you need to report something serious, then please contact CEOPS directly either by going to the ‘Think u know’ site or via the link to the right.

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