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Stay Safe Online

Computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets are great devices but they can expose you to certain risks if they are not used appropriately. In school we make you aware of how to behave safely online, but we also appreciate that mistakes are made and sometimes you regret things that have been posted.

If at any point you are concerned about your safety, or feel socially excluded as a result of your online behaviour you can always speak to someone in school. This could be a teacher or another staff member that you are comfortable talking to, your College Pastoral Leader or one of either: Mr Carney, Mrs Fleming, Miss Dudley, Mrs Collinson or Mrs Brooks. If you would rather email you can contact us on stop@ryehills.rac.sch.uk

E-Safety Advice from Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police are seeking to work alongside schools in the area to help educate children about the potential risks of placing intimate photographs on social media or websites. This is due to the recent developments in technology that are available to children in our area and the current local and national interest this topic has generated.

Cleveland Police are keen to remind people tempted to place such pictures on the web that once photographs are out there, they are available for all to see. 

Advice has been uploaded to the Cleveland Police website on the following link: Cleveland Police Advice and young people and their parents/carers who are often uncertain or misinformed about the issue are invited to learn more about the subject, the law and how to protect themselves. The information listed below is available on the link and could assist you with planning any educational input that you see fit.

Info contained on website:

  • If you're under 18, it's illegal to take or share an ‘indecent’ picture of yourself, or to look at or share someone else's. If you think it is sexual so will someone else. Indecent photographs do not have to be naked pictures so consider the context of the picture before you decide to send it.
  • Taking intimate pictures of you and sending them to someone else is never a good idea. Whether it’s to your boyfriend or girlfriend or someone you’ve met online, a quick snap can have long term consequences.

Before sending a picture young people should ask themselves the following questions:

  • Why am I doing it? Are there other, less permanent ways of showing your boyfriend or girlfriend that you care? Do you feel under pressure to send one? Ask – am I doing this for me, or for them? Your body is yours, and you choose what you do with it. Someone who really cares about you won’t put you under pressure.
  • What if I don’t do it? Think about the consequences of not sending the picture? Are they worse than what could happen if you do send it? Do you think the other person will think less of you? If they care about you they shouldn’t put you under any pressure.
  • Would I do it face to face? If you’re in a relationship you might not feel ready to start having sex. If you don’t, are you really ready to share intimate pictures?
  • Am I under the influence? Ensure you are thinking straight before sending any pictures. Take a little more time before deciding to send a picture.
  • Does it pass the Billboard Test? Would you put it on a billboard? Would you share it with your parents, friends or people at school or work? If not, don't share it online.
  • Could I send something else?  For funny pictures you can send instead download the Zipit app
  • Is this abuse? Don’t share anyone else’s intimate pictures. If you send on an indecent picture or video of someone without their consent you’re breaking the law and taking part in abuse.

Five reasons not to send it:

1.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone.  Share a picture or video online or on your phone and someone else might send it further. You could lose control of it and it can end up anywhere. What if your parents, friends or family saw it?

2.  Bullies go for it. You've probably heard stories of teenagers who have been badly bullied because of naked pictures online, like the tragic case of Amanda Todd. If you're being bullied because of an image there is help out there.

3.  It’s against the law! If you're under 18, it's illegal to take or share an ‘indecent’ picture of yourself, or to look at or share someone else's. If you think it is sexual so will someone else. Indecent photographs do not have to be naked pictures so consider the context of the picture before you decide to send it.

4. You could be blackmailed. Swapping naked pictures with someone you’ve met online? If you send a picture you wouldn’t want other people to see then you could be in danger of being blackmailed.

5. Will they keep your picture private? Even if you really trust them, it would only take a moment for them to share it tonight, tomorrow or next year… in that moment they could be in a silly mood, drunk or angry. They could just hit ‘send’ by accident.

If you have sent a picture of yourself to anyone you now regret, don't panic - there are things you can do. If you are a young person you can call ChildLine, the free helpline for young people. You can contact ChildLine about anything. No problem is too big or too small. ChildLine is a private and confidential service. This means that whatever you say stays between you and ChildLine.

They would only need to tell someone else if:

  •  You ask them to
  • They believe your life or someone else’s life is in immediate danger
  • You are being hurt by someone in a position of trust who has access to other children like a teacher or police officer
  •  You tell them that you are seriously harming another young person

Call them on 0800 1111. The number won’t appear on your phone bill.  You can also visit www.childline.org.uk to speak to a counsellor online. For adults there are charities like the Samaritans who offer the same service. They can be contacted online or by the telephone number 08457 90 90 90.

Report the image. If an image has been shared on social networks or other sites you can report the image to sites where it's been shared. Find out how to report on some popular sites by visiting CEOP website page: Think You Know - Contact Social Sites for more information.

If the site doesn't have any way to report the image you can call ChildLine/Samaritans and they will report it to the Internet Watch Foundation who can get the image taken down.

Are you being threatened? If you shared a naked picture or video and someone is threatening you or you shared it because someone pressured or forced you, it is never too late to get help. Don't give in to threats or send any more pictures. Walk away and tell an adult you trust or report to CEOP or Cleveland Police.

If you think you are in immediate danger call 999.

CEOP helps young people who are being sexually abused or are worried that someone they’ve met is trying to abuse them.

If you’ve met someone online, or face to face and they are putting you under pressure to have sex or making you feel uncomfortable you should report to CEOP.

This might be someone who is:

  • Making you have sex when you don’t want to
  • Chatting about sex online
  • Asking you to meet up face to face if you’ve only met them online
  • Asking you to do sexual things on webcam
  • Asking for sexual pictures of you
  • Making you feel worried, anxious or unsafe

If this is happening to you, or you’re worried that it might be, report to CEOP or Cleveland Police. The CEOP website is http://ceop.police.uk/ with Cleveland Police being contactable on the non-emergency number 101.

Cleveland Police takes any report of indecent photographs of children extremely seriously and will do everything possible to protect children in our area. If you do have any concerns please report them. By following the above advice this will hopefully prevent one of your pupils or someone you care about becoming a victim in the future.