Social Networking Sites
Be careful what information you give out on your
profile. Remember that you don’t know who your
friend’s friends are… or your friend’s friends’ friends!
And you don’t know what they’ll do with your picture
or your phone number if you give it out by mistake.
Once your picture is out there, it’s out there forever
and you won’t be able to get it back.
Be aware that information on your profile could
potentially be viewed by anyone. So if you wouldn’t
be comfortable printing it off and handing it out on the
street, maybe it shouldn’t be on your profile.
The internet has a long memory and its
24/7 365 days a year.
70% of employers now research social
network when checking suitability for
Whilst having a camera phone is great and
really useful, be careful if you share your
photos with others. Pictures can be changed
or shared around, so think about what the
image is and who you are sending it to,
before you press send. Once it’s out there it’s
out there forever!
Someone uses the internet or mobiles to deliberately upset someone
Undertaken through technology such as mobiles or the internet
Bullying can affect someone not just at school, but at home as well.
Because it takes place in the virtual world, it has a 24/7 nature and can
make someone feel upset or threatened in their own home
Can be hard to identify who the cyberbully is because they could block
their number or post things on a website anonymously. The nature of
this type of bullying means it can have a large audience, many of whom
may not even realise that they are being bullies.
A positive thin about this kind of bullying is that it can be evidenced.
With normal bullying, it can be one person’s word against another’s, but
with cyberbullying you can save texts or print our
emails/IM’s/WebPages. This can be used as proof to catch the bully
and stop them upsetting someone: this could be your or a friend’s child
or young people with whom you are working.
The worrying thing about the social networking using
GPS technology, is that your contacts will be on a
map, showing exactly where they are. If you can see
them, your contacts can also see where you are too.
Quite scary if you have contacts on your profile that
you don’t know or don’t trust. If you do want to use
these sort of apps, you need to remember to use
your privacy settings and remove anyone you don’t
know or don’t trust, from your contacts.
Only upload pictures that you’d be happy for your mum to see –
anything too sexy to be passed round the dinner table should
NOT make it onto the web, as you don’t know who could be
looking at it or what they might be doing with it.
Don’t post your phone number or email address on your
homepage. Think about it – why would anyone actually need
this info when they can message you privately via your social
Don’t post pictures of you or your mates wearing school uniform
– if dodgy people see your school badge, they can work out
where you are and find you. The more anonymous you are, the
less vulnerable you are to people with bad intentions.
Tick the “no pic forwarding” option on your settings page – this
will stop people forwarding your pictures to anyone without your
Someone taking an indecent image of themselves, and sending
it to their friends or boy/girlfriend via a mobile phone or some
other form of technology is sometimes referred to as ‘sexting’.
Once these images have been taken and sent to others, control
is lost of them and they can end up anywhere. They could be
seen by friends and family, a future employer, or even, in some
cases, end up in the possession an offender!
This also puts that person who originally sent the images in a
vulnerable position, as somebody they may or may not know
now has these images and could use technology to bully,
harass or even try to locate them.
Just think – if you wouldn’t print and pass these images around
your school or show your mum or dad, they are not appropriate
to share via phone or other technologies.
Online games where you chat and play with people you
don’t know can be great
Can be addictive
Remember that no one will die in real life if you don’t win!
Adults with bad intentions…..
Remember - people are not always who they say they
Don’t get tricked or blackmailed to give out any personal
use a nickname as your username/ character name
You don’t need to share personal information to
enjoy the game!
There is a new rating system in Europe called PEGI which can help you decide if you want
to be involved in a game or not. It’s a bit like film classification and tells you which age
group the game is appropriate for and what kind of content it might contain.
Game contains depictions of violence
Game contains depictions of, or material which may encourage, discrimination
Game depicts nudity and/or sexual behaviour or sexual references
Game refers to or depicts the use of drugs
Game may be frightening or scary for young children
Game contains bad language
Is the protection of children on
the internet an issue?
In 2002 there were 71 cases.
•In 2003 there were 90 cases.
•In 2004 there were 117 cases.
•In 2005 there were 157 cases
•In 2006 there were 250 cases
•In 2007 there were 276 cases.
•In 2008 there were 307 cases.
•In 2009 there were 325 cases.
•In 2010 there were 189 cases.!!!!!!!!
86% of these offences in North Wales involve sexual child abuse.
75% of the offenders investigated
North Wales Police Hi-tech Crime Unit were previously unknown to the police.
Figures taken from data from North Wales Police Hi-tech Crime Unit
Who in this room do you know is not a
You can be anything
you want to be on the
Do you really know who
you work with?
Level 1 nudity sexual posing.
Level 2 sexual activity between children
Level 3 sexual activity between adults and
children none penetrative.
Level 4 penetrative sexual activity involving
Level 5 bestiality, sadomasochism, bondage
or unusual acts involving children.
Age of criminality
Age of consent
Ok, so it’s gone wrong, so what
can we do?
Preserve the evidence.
Don’t be tempted to be an amateur sleuth.
If its off leave it off.
If its on note what's on the screen photograph
if possible then pull the plug from the back of
If it’s a laptop pull the battery.
Mobile phone switch it off.
Bag it in an appropriate bag.