Your personal safety
We all want to be safe. Here are some simple precautions you can take whether you are out and about, or using the internet.
Friendships and relationships
It is very important that you are in a safe relationship and no one is trying to harm you or make you do things you don't want to do.
LGBTQ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning. These terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. There are many charities and support groups across the UK if you feel that you are in need of any guidance.
Being a teenager and becoming an adult is an exciting time. It is important you make close and personal relationships with others. Every relationship is different, but it should always be based on honesty and trust.
Safety in the community
Doorstep criminals (also known as rogue traders, cowboy builders, building and gardening scammers) can visit your house without them telling you in advance. This is known as cold calling. They will try to convince you to agree to having work carried out on your house.
Telephone scams (mobile or landline) are the second most common type of scam in the UK, but many more go unreported. Fraudsters often use the names of well-known companies to commit their crime. They may try and say that your computer needs fixing, or question if you have been in an accident lately.
If you have received a text scam, you can report this to Ofcom by forwarding it to '7726' (which spells out SPAM).
Radicalisation or extremism
We all have a responsibility to keep our county and the people in it safe. You can help to reduce the threat from terrorism, radicalisation and extremism by being aware, knowing what to report and reporting it. If you have seen a person acting suspiciously or if you see a vehicle, unattended package or bag which might be an immediate threat, move away and call 999.
If you're concerned about possible terrorist activity or risk of radicalisation and there is no immediate threat find out how to report it.
Using the internet can be a great for communicating with friends, shopping, doing research for school, or playing online games, unfortunately it also means that you may be more vulnerable to online crime.
There are many different types of cyber crime that you could be affected by and understanding the most common crimes and fraud can help you to avoid becoming a victim. To find out how you can keep safe online, visit one of the following websites:
Social media allows you to share your ideas, thoughts, photographs and memories online to your friends, family and others. Your online profile can be private, where you choose who can view your updates or can be made public. To use a social media app, you can use a computer, tablet or a mobile phone.
Popular social media apps you may have heard of are; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.
Although social media is a great way to share highlights of your life, you must always be aware and understand the risks when updating your social media profile.
Other types of online scams
Find out about the different types of online scams: