Messages and images put out on the internet can stay there forever. Once you press ‘Send’ you lose all control and ownership. Think before you send.
Never post or send an image of yourself that you wouldn’t want your family, teachers or prospective employers to see.
Creating, sending, collecting or asking for sexually explicit images of anyone under the age of 18 is illegal. These images could be classed as child pornography.
Always talk to a trusted adult if you ever receive a message or image that makes you feel uncomfortable or scared.
Nobody else owns you or your body, so don’t give them ownership. Be proud of who you are and don’t be swayed by people who don’t respect this.
Learn how to use the security features on your phone to block, filter or report what is sent to you. With younger children you will have more control over this and will want to set these up and monitor phone usage yourself. For more information on how to do this, go to our Technical Advice section.
It’s not only strangers that can be a danger. If someone you know passes on an inappropriate image it can damage you for years to come. Everybody makes mistakes, even friends, so be careful what you trust them with.