Following on from the advice from for 9-12 year old from Inspector Harrison this morning, here are the Stay Safe Online tips and advice for 13-16 year olds
- Keep your phone, laptops or tablet secure – use a password or PIN.
- Don’t do anything online that you wouldn’t do face to face
- Think about what you post – would you be happy for people to still see it in 10 or 20 years. Comments, photos and videos you post or share, make up your digital footprint, even if you delete it so there is still a record of it.
- Do you really know your online friends? Think about why and how you know people and if you are not friends in the real life you shouldn’t be online.
- Never feel forced into doing anything you don’t want to do
- Block people who send cruel or offensive messages and tell someone about it
- Don’t open links and attachments from people you don’t know
- Never arrange to meet someone you have only met on the internet
- Sexting is never a good idea. Once images have been taken and sent to others, control is lost of them and they can end up anywhere. Just think – if you wouldn’t print and pass these images around your school or show your mum or dad, then don’t share by phone or other technologies.
- If you receive an indecent image or ‘naked selfie’ from someone, do not send this image onto others or respond with one of you – report it.
- If you are upset or worried about an image you have sent or received, you can call;
Childline on 0800 1111 or Police Scotland on 101
- Most importantly – You need to know that you won’t be in trouble, whatever you have done, just tell someone you trust and they can help sort it out
I hope that the advice will be useful and should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Formartine Community Policing Team.
Please telephone Police Scotland on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency or to remain anonymous telephone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.