Digizone

The place where keeping you safe online is our priority

Who can I go to?

There are many possibilities as to who you can go to when you're worried about something or someone online. The internet is a very useful device for many things, but it can also be hurtful to people who are targetted by bullies online. At first, it may be difficult to go and talk about a vulnerable matter like this to a teacher or relative, but if you build up a strong relationship with an adult, this could be the best option.

National Anti-Bullying Week 2013

Monday, Nov. 18th 2013 at 12:45pm to Friday, Nov. 22nd 2013 at 11:45pm

Anywhere!

This is the designated week to get people who have been bullied online and in person to come to this event and share their feelings. It has been running for the past 6 years and the theme changes every year, for example, last year (2012) it was 'We are better without buyllying' and this years theme is 'Staying safe and connected'. It is also known as pink shirt day, as pink shirts are distributed to help share their feelings on bullying. There are many competitionsd that are held during the week, and lots of schools all around the country are paying tribute to the 5 days put aside for these people who are suffering due to someone else.


Vistit :

http://www.actionwork.com/antibullyingweek/

For more info!

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Sexting and Age of Consent

According to the law, if a person is under the age of 16 and they are involved in sexual activity, they are not able to give consent to have sex, and so there isn't any way a person over 16 could defend themselves against someone they know are under 16. If someone is acting sexually with a person under 13, this is against the law, and anyone who does this will be prosecuted. If an adult deliberately makes contact with a young person, for sexual benefits, they are also commiting a crime. Sexting, if you are under 18, is also illegal, and both the person who sent the picture, and the person who recieved the picture will be prosecuted for distribution and possesion of a picture of an indecent child.


Have a look at this 10 minute drama designed for 14-18 year olds, about the consequences of sexting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ovR3FF_6us

Social Networking

Social networking has become more and more popular over the last few years. Now, over a billion people are signed up on Facebook. However, since this is such a platform for people who don't know how to deal with being safe online, social networking sites attract cybercriminals to take advantage of the unwary users. One of these ways of taking advantage of you is account phishing. This is when someone sends you an email saying something is wrong with something you need personal details for, and force you to fill in your details to sort the problem out, even though it is a fake website. This can happen from anything like Xbox Live to your bank. It is a widely known problem, but companies can do nothing about it.


Protecting yourself on the sites you are on is vital to keep your personal information safe. On Facebook, the option to completely lock your profile to anyone apart from your friends is available, but many don't choose to do this.

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Kierah Gowers

Kierah is a 12 year old school girl, who threatened to take her own life because of endless bullying on ask.fm, the controversial question site. Her 'friends' gave her a series of abusive comments including disgusthing things like that she was 'worthless' and that she should 'end the misery life she lives in'. These comments forced Kierah to poison herself, and she was the fourth person in Britain and Ireland to try/take their own life due to this site.

Privacy Settings

On social networking sites, there are settings which are often hidden away so that they're not easy to find. These settings control what amount of information on your profile, blog or page people (the public) can see. The settings cover things like who can see your photos, your interests and what you post online, and you can choose between 3 options; everyone, friends of friends and just friends. You click on the who you would like to see your profile and only them can see what you want them to. The option has come available to hide any posts or comments which you regret saying, but this has only been introduced in California. There is a debate going on about whether we should introduce the law into the UK. There is also the option to prevent people contacting you if you don't know them.