All children and young people have the right to be kept safe from harm and not to be hurt, abused or mistreated by others. There are lots of ways to stay safe, both online and in the real world. Learn about bullying, staying safe online, stranger danger, and learn how to report your worries and concerns.
Share Your Worries
Sometimes it can be difficult to share your worries and concerns with adults. Some young people fear they will get into trouble if they tell someone about their problems, or that telling will make things worse. This isn’t the case.
There are many adults who can help by listening to your problems, providing advice, keeping you safe and helping you to get the support you need. Until they know what’s going on they might not know you need help.
If you’re worried about something or someone hurting you, whether physically or emotionally (e.g. hurting your feelings), tell a teacher, youth worker or someone at home. You can also contact ChildLine free of charge and speak to a trained counsellor or visit our useful phone numbers page for more ideas and advice.
Billions of people all over the world use the Internet for lots of different reasons. Most people who go online are friendly but some people shouldn’t be trusted, just like in real life. Keeping yourself safe online is just as important as being safe offline and the same rules apply: do not talk to strangers or share your personal information with people you don’t know.
Get more advice about staying safe online here.