KEEP YOUR DIGITAL WORLD SAFE
Contrary to what most people believe ten years old is the age of criminal responsibility. This means that you can be prosecuted at this age as people believe you are now old enough to take responsibilty for your actions.
Under 13 years
If you are under 13 years of age there are special laws designed to protect you. This means that if you are sexually harrased or pressured to do something sexual then the person who is acting this way toward you will be sent straight to jail with no defense even if they themselves are under 13 or 16 years of age too.
Under 16 years
If you are under 16 years of age then you are not allowed by law to have sex. So if someone is acting in a sexual way towards you then they can be prosecuted under the Sexual Offenses Act 2003. Remember that if someone is pressurising you or has forced you then it is not your fault. You are the victim and they are the criminal.
What to do if you are being cyberbullied
Anyone who is cyber bullying can be prosecuted according to the malicious communications act 1988. This means that if someone has been sending hurtful emails, or posting hurtful messages on facebook then they can be prosecuted. Remember that it isn't your fault you are being cyber bullied and that they are the one in the wrong. The most important thing is to tell someone so that they can help you. If you feel uncomfortable telling a parent or a teacher and feel like you have no one to talk to then go onto the thinkuknow website and click the click CEOP button. This will take you to the CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) website and help you sort out and report whats been happening to you. If you dont want to talk to the police then you can call childline and talk to an adult about what to do about about your situation or just if you need someone to tell.
Sexting is sending an indecent image of yourself or someone else to someone. Sexting is illegal if you are under 18 years old even if the person you are sending the photo to is your boyfriend or girlfriend. This is becaue the person you have sent the photo to, if you are under 16, technically is in possesion of an indecent image of a child and can be prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Images of you are able to get all around the world without your permission because nothing on the internet can really be deleted. So even if you have deleted the image off your phone it is still out there on the internet.
If you are being bullied or harrased by anyone of any age based on ethnicity, sexuality or race then this is against the Protection from Harrasment Act 1997 anfd they can be prosecutd.
Social Networking Sites
Social Networking Sites can be very dangerous as there are an easy place for cyberbullying to take place. Recently, a girl called Hannah Smith ended up comitting suicide beacuse of the comments that annonymus people had left on her ask.fm account. To potect yourself from cyberbulling only add people who are your friends and block people who are bullying you. Most websites have a Report button which means you can report someone who is not being very nice to you. If someone you do not know sends you a friend request on facebook or starts to talk to you do not accept. There have been many cases where girls or boys have accepted unknown people because they have a mutual friend or because they seem around their age. This person may not actually be a pretty 15 year old girl but a 50 year old man.