Digital Footprint? Did you know all activity online (including activity via phones etc…) leaves a “digital footprint”? This can be seen by countless others, often you won’t know who! This digital footprint can be used for good, for example seeing recommendations on shopping sites. You should be aware of your digital footprint, as it can be used by others for unpleasant reasons. Watch this video to find out more; know your digital footprint!
Posting pictures and videos
Just a few years ago, photos were only taken at special occasions, and took over a week to be “processed” from film. These days photos are digital, and can be taken instantly, almost anywhere. They can even automatically upload to social media. Once you’ve shared something online or on your mobile you’ve lost control of it – it can be copied, shared and even edited! Remember – it’s never too late to get help if you’ve shared something you regret. You can report photos and videos to the websites they are on or seek help from an adult you trust.
Things you see online?
No one rules the internet. This can be great for creativity and sharing ideas. It also means that there is practically nothing stopping somebody putting something on the internet that you disagree with, or don’t want to see at all.
Not everything you see online is true. Almost anybody can create a blog these days, say what they want whether it is true or not. They can even make incredible pictures that look real but aren’t, like this one.
I did not want to see that. There will be things on the internet that might make you angry, upset, scared or even things you’re not ready for. You should never feel forced to look at something you are not comfortable with. Here are 3 things you might not want to see online:
Pornography It’s no secret there’s porn on the internet. Adults look at porn for lots of different reasons but if you’re curious about sex, porn is a not a good way to learn out about it! The things people do in porn are very different from sex in the real world. Watching porn can have a damaging effect on young people so if you want to find out more about sex, relationships and your body visit Brook.
Eating disorder websites Boys, girls, men and women from all types of background and ethnic groups can suffer from eating disorders and all of them need help and support. There are some websites which talk about eating disorders in an unhealthy way. For useful information on eating disorders see the Beat website.
Hate sites Some people use the internet to encourage people to hate others from different countries, religions or people who are gay. Setting up a website or posting videos to be racist, target people because they’re gay or because of someone’s religion can be a crime. If you find a site or video online that is saying you should hate other people show it to an adult. They might have to report it as a ‘hate crime’ to True Vision. Find out more about hate crime.
Have you seen something you are uncomfortable with online? Talk to an adult you can trust, like a parent, carer or teacher. You can contact the Student Development Team via the reporting form. If you are uncomfortable talking to somebody in school, ChildLine is a free helpline for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine about anything. No problem is too big or too small.