Social Media is now part of most people’s everyday lives. Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram and Twitter are particularly very popular. There is nothing wrong with communicating with your friends in this way, however, it’s really important that you keep yourself safe, so we asked our students to give us their safeguarding tips:
- If you ever meet up with somebody who is alien to you or your friends, make sure that you meet them in a group of at least 2-3 and in a public, well lit and populated area.
- Inform somebody of where you are going and what time you should be back, also the name of who you are meeting
- Don’t accept anyone on social networking sites that you don’t know
- Remember never to trust anyone who you have met online, you don’t know what they are capable of doing
- Never tell a stranger on network sites or chat rooms anything personal about yourself, e.g. where you live, date of birth etc
- Never meet anyone you don’t know, simple as!
www.childline.org.uk for advice and help – telephone 0800 1111
www.CEOP.police.uk for advice, help and reporting internet crimes
www.victimsupport.org.uk for support for all types of crime