Weirdo's creeps and paedos
Do you enjoy playing games online? Chances are, if you don't, you know somebody who does. The gaming industry is huge! Did you know that around the world, more money is spent on games than on the film industry?! With the internet, it is now possible to play with dozens, even hundreds of people at the same time through online games like World of Warcraft, Clash of Clans or gaming portals like Miniclip. Being able to game with people all over the world makes online gaming even more exciting and with the ability to ‘chat’ in these games, it is easy to ‘make friends’ with the people you play with. Just like in the real world though, you need to be careful when playing with strangers. Some people you meet online may not be very nice!
There’s nothing wrong with a few snaps of your smile but what about a bit more? Imagine it's late. You're chatting online, and things are getting hot. A topless pic appears on your screen. You could send back a selfie. What’ll it be? Head and shoulders or something more revealing? Do you feel under pressure b ecause they’ve sent you one? Would you take your clothes off if you were face to face? Are you doing it for you, or for them? A nude, sexts, fanpics - whatever you call them - taking pics of your bits and sending them to someone else is never a good idea. Whether it’s to your boyfriend or girlfriend or someone you’ve met online, a quick snap can have long term consequences.
Codes and locks
Just as you wouldn’t leave your front door or windows open, you shouldn’t leave your computer or phone unlocked. Your computer, tablet and phone hold loads of information about you. Your name, address, birthday, a list of your friends, hobbies, text messages, private photos and videos. What else might be on there? All of this is personal information which you need to keep secure. It’s valuable to you and to criminals. Make sure you keep it locked up!
If you’re being abused in a relationship you might have very strong feelings for your partner and may even love them. Love shouldn’t be a reason to live with abuse. It is better to miss someone than stay in an abusive relationship. Missing them does get better over time. Abuse often only gets worse. Even online!