Bullying and online safety

Online bullying (also know as cyber bullying) is when a person or a group of people use the internet , email, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate you.

Online safety checklist

Your digital footprint is the mark you leave behind when using the internet. This can be positive and negative and determines how people see you in the future. Below are some great ideas on what you can do online to check you are being safe and having a positive digital footprint.

​Using your location on apps can be a very helpful tool such as Google maps, which you can find a venue, street or house within seconds.

However using social media and giving out your location can be very dangerous. For example when using Snapchat maps, turn on ghost mode or only share you location with friends and people you know well, not strangers. As soon as we start sharing our location online with strangers that’s when it becomes very dangerous. The more people we add online that we don’t know, the higher the risk of something dangerous happening.

​Do you know what there is about you online? Do a simple web search of your name and see what you can find. If things appear online about you via social media or YouTube you need to have a look at this. You can stop this by happening by looking at your privacy settings.

Think before you post or put something online is it going to cause bother. Not just now but long term! Everything we put online stays online. You should be proud of the things you put online. In 2016 Snapchat leaked around the internet 4.6 million images. High privacy settings will not stop this. So think very careful about sending you next Snap!

​We don’t delete anything off the internet especially social media we deactivate information. Even if you close an account down the information on that account is still out there on the internet somewhere. What we put online stays online. Everything that sits on an Instagram account about you, Instagram own that information. 88% of all images that go onto or through social media will end up on other websites without us realising.

​The internet and social media is a wonderful thing, use it but use it safely. Don’t forget your online reputation can be damaged by your friends too. Have a look at some of the comments under pictures or videos. If they are inappropriate you may want to remove them. Check online the groups you are part of again if these are inappropriate you may want to remove yourself from them. We all love a selfie but go for quality not quantity when it comes to pictures.

Who can I talk to?

It's really important to tell an adult that you trust (such as a parent or teacher) if you feel you can.

  • Childline -  free and confidential advice from counsellors 
  • CEOP - a national body can offer help and advice and case studies for young people
  • Service Six - based in Northamptonshire, they offer free counselling, support and help for young people
  • The Lowdown - offer free advice and counselling about bullying and e-safety to young people across Northamptonshire
  • Time2Talk - offer bullying advice and counselling to young people in Daventry and Towcester

Report online abuse

Where can I find out more?

  • Northants Police - find out about your local police officers and how to contact them, plus advice on keeping safe
  • UK Safer Internet Centre - resources for young people
  • Thinkuknow - is an award-winning on and offline safety programme for children and young people
  • Fearless - the only charitable organisation in the UK that enables young people to report crime with 100% anonymity. 

Bullying

Bullying can happen to anyone at any age. Being bullied at school, home or online might involve someone pushing you, hitting you, teasing you, talking about you or calling you names. Nobody has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad. If you are being bullied you don't have to deal with it alone.   

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