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It’s important to know what the law says about sex and young people. There are lots of different laws in the UK that are there to protect you and some which ensure young people take responsibility for their actions.

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Weirdo's creeps and paedos

You meet someone on Twitter. They add you on Facebook. They’re a ‘friend of a friend’. They comment on your pictures and post some funny YouTube clips. You chat. They ask if you’re on WhatsApp or BBM. How long before they turn f rom an online ‘friend’ into a real friend? The problem is some people, men and women, use the internet to look for sex and target young people. They want to trick pressure or force young people into sex. They are very happy to lie about who they are and what they want to get it. ‘Paedophiles’ would rather have sex with children and young people than with adults. Others don’t care who they have sex with but think young people are easier to trick into doing things. Both think they can get young people to do things they don’t want to do. Online you can pretend to be something you’re not – a friend, a mentor, a boyfriend or girlfriend. You can even pretend to be a completely different person. This means it can be hard to tell the difference between someone genuine and someone dangerous.

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!

Under pressure

Every relationship is different but there are some things you should always look for. In any relationship you should feel safe, loved, respected and free to be yourself. You shouldn’t feel scared, intimidated or controlled. Y ou should never be bullied by someone who says they love you. If you feel that way, you may be in an abusive relationship and need help. Abuse in a relationship comes in different forms. It's mainly when someone tries to control, intimidate or hurt their partner. This can happen in lots of different ways, be caused by boys or girls, in a relationship with someone of the same sex or the opposite sex.

Selfies

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.


Facebook

Facebook is the fastest growing social networking site in the world today with up to 250,000 new users being added every day. But sharing information has lots of risks including your name which can be accessed by others and your profile can be viewed. Anyone can get valuable information and private photos from your profile -- ultimately getting you in big trouble. You can be safe by setting the Privacy settings on your profile to "Friends." By doing this, you will be able to have control who has access to your information and pictures. For certain pictures, you can also select certain friends that you do or do not want them to see. Also you can always monitor pictures that other people put of you and tag you on. You can see the tagged pictures of you by going to your profile, click on "Photos"- you should see "Photos of You" and the number of tagged pictures. Click on that, and look through the pictures. You should be able to un-tag any unappealing photos of you, but people still have the ability to see it.

Online Bullying

Being bullied can make you feel upset, lonely, isolated or worried about telling someone what’s happening. If you’re being bullied online, by text message, on a social network or in a game it might feel like there is no escape. It can be scary too if you don’t know who’s being nasty or why. If you are being bullied it’s NEVER OK. It’s not your fault and you have the right to get help to make it stop. There are a lot of different ways to cope with bullying, an important first step is to tell someone what’s happening. You might not feel ready to talk to an adult, but do speak to a friend. Or, if you want to talk to someone who doesn’t know you, you can talk to someone your age who has been trained as a mentor. You’ll find people your age to talk to at BeatBullying – www.beatbullying.org
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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!

Abuse

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!

When gaming changes your life

Gaming can change your life. For example in Gta 5 you go around shooting people and robbing and doing this in real life can get you into serious trouble!