Stay Safe in Your Digital World

By Charly James

Your rights and responsibilities

The age of criminal responsability is ten years old. Once you reach this age you are expected to take responisibility for your actions. This includes getting punished for them and anyone over the age of ten can be prosecuted.

If someone is touching someone else sexually under the age of sixteen years old or asking them to do a sexual act, that person can be prosecuted. This is because it is against the law and the Sexual Offences Act 2003 .

It is the same if the younger person is under thirteen however there is no deffence in the court and the person will be prosecuted again by the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The person doing the act can still be prosecuted even if they are under sixteen or thirteen.


If someone takes a picture of themselves that is indecent and sends it to their friends or boyfriend/girlfriend via a form of technologie, it can be referred to as 'sexting'. Once the images have been sent out you have lost all control of them and they may be passed on to lots of other people. These images could even end up being seen by members of your family, teachers or even a future employer. Therefore, you should think about what you are sending before you send it on.

Aswell as sending an indecent image on, being in possession of one of these images is also against theProtection of Children act and may be against the law.

Always tell an adult that you trust if this happens to you. If somebody you don't know has contacted you inappropriately or images are being used against you, click ClickCEOP and fill out a form.

Cyber Bullying

Cyber Bullying is a form of bullying where someone deliberately tries to upset someone else using a phone or social networking ite of any type of technology. Because cyber bullying is virtual, it can take place at any time or any place.

Sometimes the cyberbully can be hard to identify because they can block there number, say things anonymously, or use a fake name and address. The good thing about cyberbullying is that there is always some proof of it. If you are being cyberbullied you must always remember to save the messages and try to block the person who is bullying you. You can also click the CEOP button at the bottom of a facebook page.

Social Media

Social media websites are websites which help you connect and talk to people all over the world. The most popular social media websites are facebook, twitter, Myspace and bebo. These sites are very popular with teenagers and there are over 1billion people in the world on Facebook. That is around a seventh of the Earth's population.

To stay safe on social media websites you need to make sure that you have the highest privecy setting set. You also need to be careful with what you post on your profile and you need to remember that once you post a picture or message that it is always out there forever. You should never accept a friend request from someone you do not know as they might not be who they say they are as there are lots of fake accounts on Social Media websites. Don't post pictures of things that you wouldnt be comfortable with your mum or a teahcer seeing as if you are not comfortable for them to see it,it is probably not appropriate.