Safety tips on the internet
Safety tips on Twitter
Safety tips on Instant Messenger
Safety tips on Social networking sites
Safety tips on Mobiles
Parents' guide to Instagram
Do you want to block someone on Twitter?
Snapchat is not really private! Get support here
Snapchat allows senders to set how many seconds the recipient may have to view a message or picture, but some people are working round this, saving the picture and re sending it causing many problems.
Internet Matters is a useful site set up by service providers, offering advice and education.
The head of Sony had her emails hacked - so might you! That is how Angelina Jolie learned what this person thought of her with major repurcussions. Don't let your personal messages become public knowledge.
We recommend you stay off tagged.com and tindr as young people report major problems on both of these sites. If you use Ask.fm, did you know you can turn off the anonymous feature that lets people comment and send you messages anonymously? Some people are telling us that their personal photos are being taken off their SNS page and posted on other sites like Anonib, with very offensive remarks - are all your photos set to private? When did you last check? The 'Snappening' proves that photos are not secure on Snapchat.
Neknominate an online drinking game proved dangerous even leading to loss of life as young people are encouraged to binge drink to excess. But young people have wised up and it seems to be on the wane.
To report abuse cases to the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre
Please use this button
Contacting service providers to report abuse
Click on the 'Report Abuse' link below the photo of a user's profile or below any specific content.
Or submit a report at http://www.bebo.com/ConactUs.jsp
or Privacy Basics, for tips and a how-to guide for taking charge of your experience on Facebook. terms, data policy and cookies policy updated November 2014
Download this essential guide and checklist by Facebook
Learn how to untag yourself from a friend's photo at the new Facebook Privacy
Go to the direct link at the bottom of profile pages or click 'Report Abuse' button on Group pages
MSN Messenger -
Click the Help tab and choose the 'Report Abuse' option or go to
Click the Help tab and choose the 'Report Abuse' option or go to abuse.yahoo.com.
IWF Internet Watch Foundation
If you have stumbled across material that has obscene content involving children
(hosted anywhere in the world), adult obscene content (hosted in UK) or some other type of
image such as computer generated (hosted in the UK) report it to the IWF.
Would you like to check your digital reputation?
Here is a useful checklist created for you by the Internet Watch Foundation.
Numbers to call if you want to report being bullied through your mobile.
email@example.com or 0870 521 4 000
191 from a vodafone phone,
or 0870 070 0191 if you pay monthly.
If you are a 'Pay as You Go' customer, use 0870 077 6655.
Call 333 from a 3 phone or 0870 733 0333
Call 450 from an Orange phone or 07973 100 450 for
Pay as You Go or 07973 100 150 for Pay Monthly customers.
Call 150 on a T mobile phone, or 0845 412 5000
Talk Talk 0203 441550 general contact number for support
You can speak to someone about anything that is worrying you.
If you are hearing impaired, try textphone 0800400222 in daytime hours.
Look here to find out all the many ways you can get in touch with ChildLine,
0800555111If you think a crime has been committed
08457909090 (confidential, non-judgemental support 24 hrs a day)
If you are feeling desperate or depressed or your friend feels this way.
If u care, share
was founded in memory of Daniel O'Hare who took his own life at 19 without warning.
For care and advice for young people and their families contact Share@ifucareshare.co.uk
Tel 0191 3887186 their message: 'There's always a way'
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
www.ceop.police.uk or use the CEOP button on many websites to report unsuitable or threatening behaviour online.
This is not for personal arguments or dramas, but for really serious situations.
EACH Educational action challenging homophobia,
provides a national helpline for young people experiencing homophobic bullying: Tel: 0808 1000 143.
Other sources of advice for young people can be found at-
A list of approved counsellors/psychotherapists can be found at
Talk CBT is a counselling service for all, but has a specialist suicide prevention programme for young people http://www.talkcbt.co.uk/cognitive-behavioural-therapy. it is based in the North East
Visit our BIG pages for parents
Mumsnet: Why not talk to other mums on mumsnet?
Kidscape: helpline for parents 08451 205 204
National Youth Agency www.nya.org.uk
NSPCC: Offers a wide range of advice and support including what to do when a child may disclose a further problem such as domestic violence or neglect.
Red Balloon Learner Centre Group offers support and education for the recovery of bullied children who are severely affected. 49 New Square, Cambridge CB1 1EZ Tel 01223 366052
Stonewall: Information on tackling homophobic bullying
Transforming Conflict: For information on restorative practices and training
Open College An interactive useful site full of clear messages, easy to read.
Internet Matters A site developed by service providers with useful advice
Famil Friendly Wi-Fi in public places can be recognised by this logo.
For a description of ways to enable participation for children and young people with special needs, click here
CEOP (The Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre):
Hosts the Young people’s online charter and is responsible for safety on the internet. There is advice for parents and carers and for young people http://www.ceop.gov.uk.
For information and materials on a range of online safety aspects such as social networking, being a good digital citizen, and cyberbullying.
New in 2013 Childnet launched an interactive matrix, www.childnet.com/resources, where you can search for advice and support according to audience and topic.
http://www.digizen.org/cyberbullying. Childnet also offers activities, posters and materials on http://www.kidsmart.org.uk.
EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia):
Provides training to challenge homophobic bullying:
www.eachaction.org.uk. Runs a helpline 0808 1000 143
Offers training and workshops in confronting conflict and hosts the Academy for Youth and Conflict for formal training leading to qualifications for staff http://www.leaplinx.com/.
The Don’t Stick it, Stop It! campaign contains stickers and useful materials, such as line animations and video clips, which can be used for training/awareness purposes
National Youth Agency
Offers a wide range of advice and support in this area, including what to do when a child may disclose a further problem such as domestic violence or neglect. Visit www.nspcc.org.uk.
Information on tackling homophobic bullying
Professionals online safety helpline by UKCCIS
Transforming Conflict: For information on restorative practices and training
Respectme Scotland for useful advice on managing bullying and cyberbullying
Government of Wales Anti-Bullying Guidance, here
Is it a crime?
No matter how bad bullying can seem, many incidents of bullying are not seen as crimes, so they are not a matter for the police. The best people to deal with cases like these are parents, teachers and other responsibile adults like youthworkers and foster parents.
But some types of bullying are illegal and should be reported to the police.
This includes anything that involves:
Violence or assault
Harassment, intimidation or stalking over some time
Calling someone racist or homophobic names or insults
Sharing inappropriate photos of under age children
Sending abusive or threateneing messages over and over again. (One incident is not normally enough to get a conviction).
Anything that is seen as a hate crime.
What next if you think it is a hate crime?
The Equality Act 2010 makes discrimination unlawful.
Schools (not Independent Schools) are required by law to have a Behaviour Policy that includes how to deal with bullying or an Anti-Bullying Policy within it. BIG Award prefers to see a full Anti-Bullying Policy which is integrated with Acceptable Use of ICT.
CYBERBULYING AND THE LAW here
Although the websites listed here are checked regularly, the constantly changing nature of the internet means that some sites may alter after we have viewed them. BIG is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, the content of these external websites.