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KEEPING YOURSELF SAFE

The following advice will help you keep yourself safe while you're out and about or online.

Tips for staying safe while you're out and about

Stick with mates a similar age to you - a good mate won't ask you to do stuff that you feel uncomfortable with.

 

Trust yourself to know when something is wrong.  If someone makes you feel unsafe, pressured or frightened, follow your instincts and seek help.

Make sure you know where you are going and how to get home.  Have enough credit and charge on your phone.

Tell someone you trust where you're going and who you're with.

Drinking and taking drugs can make you unaware of safe situations and you can become a target for people who may hurt you.

Listen to your body - a fast, pounding heartbeat and churning stomach are signs you feel unsafe.

If someone offers you something for free, ask what it is they want in return.

If you feel you can't say no, ask yourself: "Am I in a safe situation?"

Be careful about what personal details - including photos - you give out.

Tips for staying safe online

Don't post any personal information online - like your address, email, date of birth or mobile number.

 
Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself.  Once you've put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it's not just yours anymore. 

Be careful about what other personal information you give out, for example what school you go to.

Never give out your passwords, not even to people who you think are your mates.

Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.

If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, worried or unsafe, leave the website.  Tell a trusted adult immediately.

Don't befriend people online that you do not know.  They may not be who they say they are.

Don't meet up with people you've met online.  Speak to your parent or carer immediately if people suggest that you do.

Mobile phone safety
"Zipit App"


If someone is trying to get you to send them naked images of yourself, you can use the images and memes on Zipit to keep the situation under control.  It provides witty comebacks and pictures which enable you to diffuse the situation and stay safe.

Zipit is free to download and available on Android, Blackberry and Apple smartphones.

Click here for examples of the images available on Zipit.