Keeping Safe Online
You probably don’t need us to tell you that the internet can be a weird and scary place, and some people may try to trick you or take advantage of you online. Explore the information here that could support you in staying safe on the internet, apps and social media.
Bullying and LGBTphobia
If you are being bullied online, you could try the following the steps below:
- Don’t retaliate. Continue being kind and respectful. Being unkind back may make the situation worse and you may get into trouble too.
- Screenshot any messages as they may be used as evidence later on.
- Report and block the bully. Many sites and some games have tools where you can report and block others, so they should then investigate the incident you have reported.
- Tell someone what’s happened. It can be very stressful and upsetting, so care for your mental wellbeing by seeking support. This may be from your family, teachers or someone from a trusted organisation. You can speak to us using our instant messaging tool.
If a person is sending you abusive messages and you feel their hatred is because of their prejudice towards your LGBT+ identity, this is a hate crime. You can find more information on what a hate crime is and how to report it here.
There are lots of useful websites where you can get more information.
To find more information on how to stay safe online, check out:
If you are worried about the way someone is speaking to you online, have a look at the information and how to make a report on the website for CEOP Command.