Your Rights and Responsibilities

How to Stay Safe in the Online World

Welcome!

This leaflet will tell you about how to stay safe online. Please enjoy reading! Feel free to leave me a comment :) Just to inform you this isn't finished and because tis is a school project I will hopefully be adding to this weekly.

Age of Criminal Responsibility

The age of criminal responsibility is 10 years old. This means that when you reach that age you are expected to know the difference between right and wrong. You are also responsible for your actions and everything that you do online, this also includes getting punished for them.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is when someone is being bullied or is bullying someone using technology, it is both a horrible thing to experience and a horrible thing to be doing to someone. It has also been made illegal according to the Malicious Communications Act 1988. This means that if the cyberbully is over the age of 10 that they can be prosecuted. Cyberbullying can be alot worse than normal bullying. This is because that if you post something horrible on the internet, it will never forget. It will always be there. It will also follow the person everywhere they go. They could feel like they can't escape. As it will be online, rumors around school and at home online. This leads people to self-harm and even commit suicide. Imagine being bullied online so badly that you think that the only way you think it will stop is if you end your life. How horrible is that. This is why cyberbullying needs to stop. Now.

So remember:

  • It is illegal to Cyberbully anyone.
  • If they are over the age of 10, they can be prosecuted for it.
  • If you are Cyberullying someone then you can get in a lot of trouble with the police. You can also be prosecuted.
  • You can also be expelled from school.

If you are being Cyberbullied:

  • Tell someone- you have probably heard this everywhere but think about it. If it didn't work then people wouldn't keep saying it.
  • If thy are over the age of 10 they can be prosecuted by the police.
  • You are not alone and help is out there.
  • This may sound crazy but trust me this will help: keep all the messages the bully has sent but don't reply to them. This is your evidence and you can use it against them. But if you have already deleted them the police can receive them through the phone company you are sending the messages through and the internet NEVER forgets. they will be on the persons profile or other users of the site will be able to see them.

Sexting

Yes this does sound hilarious but it can also be very very serious. Sexting is when you take or receive an inappropriate picture of yourself or someone else. It usually involves the person without wearing clothes. This is a stupid thing to do for numerous reasons. Think about it like this: Once you have sent this picture you have NO control over that picture. The internet never forgets. Even if you are sent the image and you don't delete it you can be accused of sexting as well, as you were holding the indecent photo of a child or a person under the age of 18.


This is also illegal under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 you can also be prosecuted.


Boyfriend and Girlfriend?


Even if you are boyfriend and girlfriend you can still be prosecuted for sexting.

THINK: what happens when you break up?

What will he/she do with the photos?

Once they are out there you can never get them back. They are out on the web for everyone to see.