Esafety - What is esafety?
Esafety is all about staying safe with new technologies such as mobile phones, ipads, laptops and netbooks. New technologies are exciting, innovative, fun and informative and open up a range of possibilities when used safely, however if we are not careful about the way we use these technologies then we can put ourselves and others at risk.
What do I need to do to stay safe and happy?
- Check privacy settings on social networking sites such as facebook, make sure that only the people you want to see your personal information can see it and don't pass other people's personal information on.
- Think about what you say online and how you say it - your words can have an impact on others directly and indirectly.
- Pictures are easy to publish, pass on, edit and save - make sure your pictures don't get in the wrong hands and don't send any pictures of yourself to other people that you wouldn't want your parents, teachers etc to see
- Don't send pictures of others to other people or use pictures in a way that may upset the person / people concerned
- Don't give out your mobile number, full name, address, school etc. to people you don't know.
- Don't arrange to meet people you have met online offline alone and always tell someone else what you are doing - not everybody is who they say they are!
- It is fun to share your location - remember though sharing this information can attract unwanted followers.
- Only enable bluetooth when you need to - you could recieve unwanted messages otherwise.
- Give yourself an alias when online, this way you don't need to give out any personal information.
- If you start getting texts, pictures or calls on your phone that annoy or upset you, don't reply, call your mobile phone operator.
What can I do if I am upset, scared or worried about something?
There are a number of things you can do:
- Talk to an adult you trust, this could be a relative, teacher, police officer, social worker, youth worker.
- Talk to someone in confidence, Childline is a confidential helpline run by the NSPCC. You can call them on 0800 1111 or go online.
- You can also speak to the Samaritans. The Samaritans provides confidential emotional support for people who are in emotional distress including those who have suicidal thoughts. If you are worried, feel upset or confused and just want to talk you can phone the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90* (UK) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Report it - go online to CEOP and report it - the police will read every report
- If you are being bullied you can also contact Cybermentors:
CyberMentors is all about young people helping and supporting each other online.
"If you're being bullied, or are feeling a bit low, or are maybe troubled by something and you're not sure what to do or who to talk to, then CyberMentors is where you can go for help. It doesn't matter how big or small you think the problem is, or whether you're being targeted online or offline, CyberMentors are here to listen and support you.
The best thing about it is that CyberMentors are young people too. Many young people have told us that they would prefer to speak to another young person about bullying. That's why CyberMentors are young people like you. They have been trained and are volunteering their time online to help you.
It's still important to talk to your parents or teachers about bullying. If you don’t feel ready to do this, a CyberMentor can help."