The internet, social media and mobile phones are great in so many ways. However, it is important to know how to keep safe on online.
There is also support out there for people who have experienced physical abuse.
Stay safe online
Did you know that every time you go on the internet you leave a digital footprint? It is easy to think we are invisible online, but think about who can see what you write or upload, or even share what you have posted.
Always be careful what you share online and who you are getting friend and follow requests from. Are they who they say they are?
Your digital footprint can also be used by companies to build a picture of you. Here are some helpful websites to make you aware of some dangers of the internet.
Who can help you stay safe?
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.
North East Lincolnshire Women’s Aid provides domestic abuse services to victims, agencies, families and the community.
Lincolnshire Rape Crisis offer support to women, girls, men and boys who are experiencing, have experienced or have been affected by any form of sexual violence at any point in their lives.
Thinkuknow is an education programme which aims to empower, protect children and young people from sexual abuse and exploitation both online and offline.
CEOP is a law enforcement agency, that aim to help keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. They can offer support and advise on how to report online sexual abuse. They can also help you make a report to the Child Protection Agency about any online sexual abuse.
It’s not okay raise awareness of child sexual exploitation. They help people to recognise the signs, encourage people to report it and provide support to victims and those most at risk.
NSPCC give you advice and support for keeping safe online.
BBC – Own it have some very useful tips and apps to help you keep safe online.
Childline is a free, private and confidential service for young people under 19 to contact for help and support either online or on the phone regarding any issues or worries, anytime.