Students & Young People
If a young person needs help or wants to speak to someone regarding something that has happened online or offline – use the following helplines on this webpage: https://www.childnet.com/young-people/secondary/need-help
If a young person wants to report abuse on a specific site, or in more serious cases, report to the police or other bodies that regulate bodies on the internet, they can use the following site: https://www.childnet.com/resources/how-to-make-a-report
This online reputation checklist is a simple way for young people to learn what a digital footprint is and how this this can be either negative or positive and can even influence their future: https://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Online-Reputation-Checklist.pdf
The Safer Internet Centre Site provides information and advice if students are unsure how to stay safe online (the site caters for ages 3-11 and 11-19): https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/young-people
Some small guide checklists for students if they’re not sure how to set privacy settings/blocking someone on certain apps:
- Snapchat – https://swgfl.org.uk/assets/documents/snapchat-checklist.pdf
- Facebook – https://swgfl.org.uk/assets/documents/facebook-checklist.pdf
- Instagram – https://swgfl.org.uk/assets/documents/instagram-checklist.pdf
- Twitter – https://swgfl.org.uk/assets/documents/twitter-checklist-2020.pdf
- TikTok – https://swgfl.org.uk/assets/documents/tiktok-checklist.pdf
- Roblox – https://swgfl.org.uk/assets/documents/roblox-checklist-new.pdf
Some extremely important Top Tips to remember are:
- Protect your online reputation: use the services provided to manage your digital footprints and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.
- Know where to find help: understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.
- Don’t give in to pressure: once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back.
- Respect the law: use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.
- Acknowledge your sources: use trustworthy content and remember to give credit when using others’ work/ideas.