With the changes that come with transition into adulthood, it is important to consider the safety of yourself and your friends.
Knowing how to stay safe when out and about in the city and where you live is an important part of preparing for adulthood. You will have already found some ways of keeping safe, such as crossing roads safely and not speaking to strangers. As a teenager you'll continue to do these things as you are likely to be going out on your own or with friends. It’s about being prepared and knowing where to go if something doesn’t go as expected. There are many places to go across the city if you’re feeling a bit confused, scared or need some help. These places are called Keep Safe Places and a list of Keep Safe Places is available to download on the further information page.
When you are out and about make sure you have helpful numbers stored in your contact list on your mobile phone. You can also carry a Keep Safe Card which is a small card that has important information about you as well as contact numbers of people to call if you need help.
You might already be using a computer, smartphone, tablet or games console to access the Internet but it’s important to keep safe when online. No one likes hurtful text messages or unwanted calls or emails so it’s important to know how to block these as well as making sure our security settings are up-to-date. There is lots of useful information about how to stay safe online on the Think U Know website www.thinkuknow.co.uk. It’s nice to be popular on social media sites like Facebook but never accept a friend request from or share personal information with someone you do not know.
Staying safe is everyone’s business. If you see a friend who you think needs help or if you need help yourself it’s important to tell someone you trust and who can stop things from getting worse. If you are using the Internet and something upsets you it’s important to tell your parent or carer so they are able to report it straight away.
There are many different forms of bullying. Some examples are:
- Cyber bullying - someone sends upsetting text messages, phone calls, emails or posts things on websites like Facebook
- Verbal bullying - someone calls you names, shouts insults at you, or spreads rumours about you
- Physical bullying - Someone hits you, steals things from you or make you do something you don’t want to do
If you are being bullied never be afraid to tell someone that you trust. There is always someone you can talk to who will help if you are being bullied.