The Topic of the month at IPS International this September is Keeping Safe Online.
Tips on Online Safety
The internet is a great place to chat with friends, shop and find exciting fun things to do and read, but it can also be a dangerous place with scammers and bullies etc. We have put together some tips for stay safe online and being smart, sensible and respectful.
- Be aware of your digital footprint
- Protect your identity
- Think before you post
- Know who you’re dealing with
- Watch out for phishing email and scams
- Keep your devices secure
- Use Strong passwords and logout of shared devices
- Share personal details
- Give out your passwords
Bear in mind photos and posts can exaggerate real life, images of other people’s lives can make you feel low but remember they don’t tell the whole story.
If anything happens online, make sure you TALK to someone or REPORT the incident to a trusted adult who can further raise the issue.
What is sexting?
When people talk about sexting, they usually mean sending and receiving:
- Naked pictures or ‘nudes’
- Underwear shots’
- Sexual or ‘dirty pics’
Rude text messages or videos
Sexting can easily happen. Things can go wrong – even when you didn’t mean for them too.
You’ve already shared photos – what now?
When sexting goes badly, it can make you feel ashamed, guilty, embarrassed or anxious. But there are things you can do to make the situation better and prevent it from happening again.
Try having an honest conversation with the person you sent the image to. Ask them to delete it. The quicker you’re able to do this the better.
The sooner you talk to somebody about the situation the better. This could be a parent, a teacher, your employer or your training provider who will have ways of dealing with these sorts of problems.
Reporting an image or video
If you’re under 18 and an indecent or ‘nude pic’ of you is posted online, that’s illegal and Childline can help. You can contact the website directly yourself or make a report about what’s happened to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), who will speak to the site to try and remove it.
Not sure whether or not to say something? Making a report can be scary, but Childline counsellors are there to support you. They can talk about what might have happened, talking to them is confidential, you can also speak to your IPS Safeguarding Officer. https://www.iwf.org.uk/
Where to get additional support and advice
If you need any additional help or guidance, please talk to the IPS Safeguarding Officers who can refer you to sources of support.
Recommended websites to visit to find out more information:
What does ZIPIT do?
Made by ChildLine, Zipit aims to help teenagers deal with difficult sexting and flirting situations. The app offers humorous comebacks, advice, and aims to help teenagers stay in control of flirting when chatting
Their counsellors are there to support you and give you advise. Call free on 0800 1111 or try a 1-2-1 chat online.