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Online abuse

Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones.

Most young people spend a lot of time online (nearly all of you go online at home) – it can be a great way for you to socialise, explore and have fun.  However, over half of teenagers have revealed information online that could be used to identify them and nearly a third of children aged 12 to 15 have online friends that are not personally known to them.    

Because you spend a lot of time online you may face risks such as cyberbullying, grooming, radicalisation or being exposed to inappropriate content.

Whether you're unsure about what happens online or are familiar with new technology, it's important that you think about staying safe, it can happen to anyone. The variety of things you can come across includes -

  • Inappropriate content
  • Cyberbullying                                                                    
  • Online grooming
  • Sexting
  • Online reputation
  • Privacy and identity theft
  • Online pornography
  • Radicalisation

You can come across all these problems on:-

Social networking, Online gaming, Apps, Chatrooms, Skype, Instant Messaging, Pop Up's and Adverts

Following digital footprints

The things you put online can be seen by lots of people and might stay online forever. They are like digital footprints – a trail that people can follow, picking up pieces of information about you.

We all leave digital footprints and with every new profile, photo or comment we add new ones. People that you know, and people you don’t, can learn a lot from them. Do you know what yours say about you? Have you ever tried typing your name into Google to see what comes up?

Your footprints can show you at your very best or very worst. Lots of people are finding out that our posts can have serious consequences long after we’ve forgotten them. Remember, if you have posted something you regret - it’s never too late to take control. Try clicking on the CEOP Report Button

This is one reason why, to use most sites you can share information on, you need to be over 13. If you’re under 13 you shouldn’t be using them. Click on the heading for more information and video clips.

How to stay safe online

The internet is great fun but it does have dangers and we want you to be safe online. When you join a chatroom you'll find people are very friendly but the person you are talking to might not always be who they say they are. 

People can pretend to be your age and unfortunately there have been cases where adults have pretended to be teenagers and lured young people into meeting them in dangerous situations. Some of these cases have ended up in court in the UK. Find out more about this at Bullying UK or on Childline.

Here are some Top Tips to help you have fun and keep safe online

  • People you don’t know are strangers – it’s quite easy to feel like you know someone really well online because of all the things you talk about, just remember that a stranger in the street is the same as a stranger on the internet.
  • Keep personal information safe – People will ask you questions, that doesn’t mean that you have to answer them! Make a list of things which might be OK to share and a list of things that you definitely shouldn’t share
  • Be nice online – Let try and keep the internet as a fun place for everything
  • Talk to someone – If things go wrong, or you feel worried or scared by what people are saying – Tell someone! This can be Mum or Dad, Auntie or Uncle, even your grandparents can help.

To help learn more about staying safe online, why not check out some of the great guides and links on this page:

  At CEOP 'Think You Know' you will find age specific advice and help to understand more about keeping yourself safe. There's also a Romeo and Juliet video on keeping kids safe online.

                                       Click on the Logo        Thinkyouknow.co.uk

There's lots of advice and information available for all online safety at

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