Kids Corner

Internet Safety

Learn more about the internet and how you can stay out of trouble.

Social networking:

Social networking sites are a big part of the lives of some people, any information that you post online can be seen by people all over the world. Items you place on your profile can be printed, copied or shared, so think carefully before posting pictures and making comments because once things are on the internet they stay there forever!

View an example on the BBC News website (opens new window)

  • NEVER share personal information such as your address, phone number, the school you go to etc. People you don't know may use this information to contact you.
  • NEVER add people that you don't know, even if they say they are friends with your friends you do not know that for certain.
  • NEVER use webcam with somebody that you do not know.
  • NEVER meet up with anyone that you have met online and always tell an adult if someone you have never met before asks you to meet them.
  • CHECK your privacy settings. Social network sites will normally allow you to change these, if you struggle you should ask an adult to help you.
  • REPORT anything that worries you to your trusted adult, it’s better to be safe than sorry

Online Gaming:

You may enjoy playing online games with friends, some of you may be playing online and talking or messaging people that you don't know.

  • NEVER give out your personal information to the person you are playing against
  • NEVER send nasty messages to people- remember it is just a game!
  • SAVE any nasty messages you receive and report it to an adult.

Look at the following websites for online safety advice:

Cyber bullying:

This is when people use the internet to deliberately upset someone. This could be nasty and upsetting messages or sending pictures. To help you make the right choices and stay safe follow the simple rules below:

If someone sends you nasty messages do not reply and do not delete the messages, instead inform and show an adult you trust.  The adult can then help you and possibly stop it.

If you need further support, you can speak to Childline on 0800 1111

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON KEEPING SAFE ONLINE AND TO WATCH VIDEOS AND PLAY GAMES VIEW THE THINKUKNOW WEBSITE (opens new window).

Stay in control and avoid sexting

Zipit helps you get flirty chat back on the right track.

It's packed with killer comebacks and top tips to help you stay in control of your chat game.

Zipit is ChildLine’s first ever app, available for Android, Apple and BlackBerry smartphones (and iPod touch). It’s free to download.

For more information visit the Childline website (opens new window).

Drugs

Some people get addicted easily while others have bad reactions - so bad that some have died. Drugs can also trigger mental health problems like psychosis, anxiety or depression.

If you get caught with drugs you risk getting a criminal record, a fine or going to prison.

Different types of drugs are grouped by their main effects and fall into three categories: stimulants, depressants and hallucinogens.

Some examples of these are:

ALCOHOL

BULLYING

WHAT CONSTITUTES BULLYING?

Bullying can affect anyone of any age at any time, it can occur at school, home, on the internet or whilst at the park or shops. If you find yourself, or someone you know, being bullied you should tell a trusted adult.

Rest assured in the knowledge that it is not your fault and NOBODY deserves to be bullied.

What can bullying include?

  • cyber bullying
  • name calling
  • racism
  • making fun of someone’s disability

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF BULLYING?

Being bullied can knock the victim’s confidence resulting in low self esteem and making them feel isolated.  This can result in them not wanting to go out to play with friends or go to school.

Bullying is not just upsetting for the individual being bullied; it can also upset their friends and family.

WHO CAN HELP?

If you or someone you know is being bullied you should tell a trusted adult. You can also contact Childline who offer a free and confidential service.

ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR (ASB)

WHAT IS ASB?

ASB is behaviour that causes harrassment, alarm or distress to others, this can include grafitti, littering being too noisy, verbal abuse  and damage to property.

WHO DOES ASB AFFECT?

Depending on what the ASB is, it can affect the whole community.  For example littering and graffiti makes a location untidy and unpleasant for local residents, damage to a play park could mean the the young residents are not able to play on the swings.  The cost of repairs can impact on local councils, residents and businesses.

CONSEQUENCES FOR THE OFFENDER:

The age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales is 10, so if you are 10 or over there is a chance that a police officer may speak to you about your behaviour and you could face some consequences.

The police dispersal power allows the police to disperse anti social individuals to provide short term respite to a local community.  The power is preventative and allows an officer to instantly deal with someone’s behaviour and to confiscate related items.

A Civil Injunction (CI) can be obtained for young people aged 10 and over. It contains positive requirements to encourage you to change your anti social behaviour. The maximum term to have a civil injunction is 12 months.

A CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR ORDER (CBO) CAN BE OBTAINED IF OFFENCES ARE MORE SERIOUS; THE CBO WILL CONTAIN POSITIVE REQUIREMENTS TO CHANGE THE ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR AND WILL ALSO INVOLVE WORKING WITH YOUR LOCAL YOUTH OFFENDING TEAM. THE MINIMUM TERM IS 1 YEAR AND THE MAXIMUM TERM IS 3 YEARS FOR A CBO.

Crime and criminality

Want access to information about crime and criminality?  The below link has nothing to do with the police, it covers drugs, abuse, weapons, cyber crime, violence, theft, street crime etc....

www.fearless.org (opens new window)

Play up to you – party edition (opens new window) - A youtube clip that shows the impact of alcohol and talks about sex