The internet is a great place to have fun and learn, however there are a few things to be aware of.
- Keep your personal information private – check your privacy settings so that only people you want to see your stuff can see it
- Learn how to block people/ accounts that you don’t know to stop them from being able to chat or message you
- Have a think about what you post and say online. What you think is funny now may affect you in the future
- If someone you have only had contact with online asks you to meet them in person, tell an adult you trust
- People online may not be what they seem. It’s better to only interact with people you know in the real world
Think U Know
It’s not just texts, calls and using the internet that costs you money, phones are like wallets – even using free apps, texting or calling premium rate numbers can cost you or whoever pays the bill serious amounts of cash. You can also share serious amounts of information, accidentally or on purpose. That can be used by companies who try and advertise to you, or by people you don’t know who might try to contact you. Having a phone is a real responsibility so make sure you know how to use it safely.
Sexting is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages. They can be sent using mobiles, tablets, smartphones, laptops - any device that allows you to share media and messages.
Sharing images or videos of someone without their consent in Scotland is a criminal offence. To help you better understand how this new law might work in practice, we have created four fictional scenarios.