Keeping you safe

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Don’t keep secrets about something that bothers you or scares you. Even if someone else wants you to keep it a secret, it is okay to tell a safe adult.

Know your full name, your parents’ names, and your address and phone numbers.

Tell someone where you are and where you’re going – always make sure that someone knows where you are at all times.

Try to find casual jobs, such as babysitting, through family or friends, and be careful about answering advertisements. Try to go with a parent or friend on the first day.

Know your limits – this can apply to drugs and alcohol but also to your personal limits. There’s only a certain amount of stress someone can take before something bad happens – know when to walk away before you get too drunk or until you feel like you will retaliate to someone else’s behaviour.

Instincts – are usually right. Trust your instincts, if you feel unsafe – get out.

For information about your rights when affected by crime/anti-social behaviour – The Victims Code: Under 18s

The Victims Code: Under 18s

Online

Remember that you need to be 13 to use most social media sites. This is for your own safety.

Keep safe on social media – don’t tell anyone your passwords, never ‘friend’ someone you don’t know, never send inappropriate or intimate photos, once uploaded you have no control over the images.

Don’t communicate with people online that you have not met in real life.

Do not give personal information (like your name, address, phone number) to a stranger or someone who makes you feel uncomfortable.

For great tips on keeping safe online  www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Out and about

Ensure your phone is charged and has credit so you can call someone if you need help. You can dial 999 without credit.

Stick to well-lit areas when out if it’s dark.

Keep your valuables out of sight when out in public places.

Avoid walking alone especially after dark – if you can’t avoid this, stick to well-lit or busy areas and keep all your valuables such as phone or iPod in your bag and off display.

Carry a personal alarm – this will help to direct attention towards you should anything happen when you’re out. They are very loud and may stop a crime in its tracks.

Stay in groups – if you feel targeted by someone or a group of people, stay in a group that you trust where you can look out for each other.

If you are taking the bus and feeling unsafe, sitting near the driver so you are not isolated at the back of the bus can be a good idea

If you drive a car, have your keys ready before you get to your car. Have them in your hand ready before you leave the building you are coming from as having to fish around in your pocket or purse can leave you vulnerable for just enough time for something dangerous to happen while you are not paying attention..

If you do go out alone, arrange transport to and from where you are going with a relative, friends or cab and confirm arrangements for your return journey before you set off.