For People With Learning Disabilities
The Respond Action Group (RAG) are five people employed by Respond as expert advisors, they have spent the last year researching online safety. Check out the Film Clips page to see them in action, and see their top Ten Tips below:
RAG's Top 10 Tips for staying safe:
- Enjoy the internet! Computers are a great way to meet new people, chat with friends, watch videos, play games and have fun. So if you haven't used the internet before and you're a bit scared, ask someone to help you
- Remember almsot everything you do on the internet can be seen by other people - so be careful what you say and think before you type!
- Keep your passwords private - and don't share them with anyone else.
- Never give your personal information – your date of birth, address, phone number, bank details – to people you 'meet' on the internet.
- It's okay to say no. Remember, if a stranger or someone you don’t like sends you a 'friend' request, you don’t have to accept it.
- Tell someone - if you're being bullied on the internet (for example, getting nasty Facebook messages or emails)
- Take a screen shot of any nasty messages – and don't delete the message until you have done this. Taking a screen shot saves the nasty messages, so that you can show them to people who can help you. (Click here to learn how to take a screen shot)
- Block bullies – this stops them from being able to contact you. If you're not sure how to do this, ask someone to show you.
- Never arrange to meet up with someone you've met online - even if they seem nice, or you think you know them
- Never reply to emails saying you have won the lottery or inherited money - they are fake emails, from people who are trying to trick you.
More help: The Bullying UK website has some useful advice on staying safe (on Twitter for example), and a FREE helpline open 24 hours a day: 0808 800 2222.
If you ring the helpline it is probably best to say that you have a learning disability as this helps the helpline staff to give you to right support.