Online and Mobile Safety


 Mobile Phones

Here are some ways you can stay safe and still enjoy a mobile phone

  • Only give out your phone number and personal information to people you know and trust
  • Do not respond to any abusive or threatening messages you recieve
  • Keep any messages that you have been sent and show someone you trust
  • Keep bluetooth switched off when you are not using it
  • Contact your mobile phone network to arrange for your number to be changed if you get persistent abusive messages
  • Do not answer calls that have witheld their numbers or is a number you do not recognise
  • Remember trust is part of a healthy relationship, a partner does not need to be constantly texting you or need to know what you are doing all of the time.

 

Trust is part of a healthy relationship. A partner doesn't need to be constantly texting you or need to know what you are doing all of the time

Social Networking

Social networking sites such as Facebook are very popular with young people but they can be potentially dangerous. Here are some important, but easy ways to stay safe:

  • Ensure all social networking account settings are set to the maximum security settings so your profile is private
  • Do not accept friend requests from people you do not know
  • Do not give out personal information such as your phone number or address
  • Do not arrange to meet up with people you do not know. Always tell someone when and where you are meeting someone you think you know
  • Do not respond to any abusive or threatening messages you receive
  • Keep messages and report them to website administration and someone you trust

For more information on social networking safety visit the think you know website or for how to stay safe on FaceBook and report bullying click here

Internet and Emails

Using the internet and emails can also make some young people feel unsafe in their relationships. They can be used to check up on a partner, they may also be used as a way to be abusive or threatening.

You should not feel unsafe in a relationship including online. Here are some ways to feel safer online:

  • Do not respond to abusive messages or emails
  • Keep a record of any messages or emails as this can be helpful if you need to report it to the police. Remember it is still a crime to threaten or harrass someone even if it is online
  • Keep passwords private, you do not have to share them with anyone if you do not want to
  • If you are unsure about your safety and do not want your partner to know what websites you have been visiting you can delete your online history by going into the internet options on your computer
  • Many support service websites have 'hide your track' buttons to make it easy for young people to instantly disguise what they have been viewing online. This website has this option