Staying Safe Online

With the introduction of camera phones, you can take some snaps or shoot a video anywhere and share them online in no time.

Whilst photos and videos are great way of showing your friends what you are up to, the dangers are massive. Once you have posted a picture or video online you’ve lost control of it – it can be copied, shared and even edited!

If you send an embarrassing picture or video to a friend it could end up anywhere. If you post it online anyone could see it, including your parents, teachers or future employers!

Remember – it’s never too late to get help if you’ve shared something you regret. You can report photos and videos to the websites they are on or seek help from an adult you trust.

Have you shared something you regret? Talk to someone

ChildLine is a free helpline for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Whatever your worry, it’s better out than in. It is a private and confidential service, so whatever you disclose won’t be told to anybody else.They would only need to tell someone else if:

  • You ask them to
  • We believe your life or someone else’s life is in immediate danger
  • You are being hurt by someone in a
  • position of trust who has access to other children like a teacher or police officer
  • You tell us that you are seriously harming another young person

Call them on 0800 1111. The number won’t appear on your phone bill. You can also visit to speak to a counsellor online.

How to report Abuse

How to report abuse on line If someone is threatening you  over a picture or video you’ve shared you can report to CEOP. CEOP helps young people who are being sexually abused or are worried that someone they’ve met  is trying toabuse them.If you’ve met someone online, or face to face, and they are putting you under pressure to have sex or making you feeluncomfortable you should report to CEOP.

This might be someone:

  • Making you have sex when you donʼt want to
  • Chatting about sex online
  • Asking you to meet up face to faceif youʼve only met them online
  • Asking you to do sexual things on webcam
  • Asking for sexual pictures of you
  • Making you feel worried, anxious or unsafe