How can I control who sees my profile?
First up, if you put it up there, then it’s your responsibility to control who sees it. Don’t forget, if you put an image or opinion on the Internet, then it’s actually on the Internet! This means it can be copied, shared or saved without your permission unless you take control. Put your best foot forward online, and show off the positives. Click here to check out some advice on Facebook’s privacy settings and here for a guide to twitter. If you’re still not sure, then talk to Mr Colley in the Computing department for some hints on how to lock it down. However, if things are getting more serious then look at the advice below.
Who can I tell if I’m worried?
There are lots of people who want to help.
Talk to someone you trust.
If you feel comfortable, you can talk to an adult you trust, such as a teacher or relative.
Talk to someone in confidence
If you prefer, you can talk to Childline. A confidential helpline run by the NSPCC. You can call them on 0800 1111 or go online at http://www.childline.org.uk
If you are worried about something that is happening to you online, you can report it through ClickCEOP.
What you can report here...
Any activity which makes you feel uncomfortable. For example, this could be a conversation with someone online who you think might be an adult and is talking to you in a sexually explicit way or who is trying to meet you for sex.
What you should report somewhere else...
Content that you have seen online, which you think may be illegal, should be reported to the Internet Watch Foundation who will contact the police if necessary.
If you are being bullied you can talk to someone in confidence by calling ChildLine on: 0800 1111, or by visiting www.childline.org.uk
For more information and advice visit our cyberbullying section of this website and also check out:www.beatbullying.org
Where does your report go?
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre- or CEOP for short - is staffed by specialist police officers, social workers, counsellors and investigators. Your report will go to straight to them.
What happens next?
Your report will go to experts who are specialists in the Internet. They understand how easy it is to be tricked online and will take your report seriously. You won’t be in trouble, so try not to worry. Someone will be then be in touch with you to make sure you’re okay and to talk about what happens next.
CEOP works hard to protect children and young people all over the UK and the world. Any time spent on hoax reports is time spent away from helping those really are in trouble. CEOP staff can track hoax reports, so please don’t waste their time and yours with tricks or pranks.
Where else can I go for help, advice and support?
Check out the info on the ThinkYouKnow site, but if you want to talk to someone - go to your parent/carer or another adult you trust.
If you need to talk to someone in confidence - go to the NSPCC’s site www.childline.org.uk, or call Childline on 0800 1111.
Look out for this icon on other websites. This means that you can report abuse directly to CEOP from those sites. For example, MSN Live Messenger has a tab with this icon on it.