Having a healthy social wellbeing is a foundation to your general wellbeing and your positive attainment providing you with a quality of life.
Your health matters
All young people are entitled to a safe environment in which to live, learn, grow and develop. Social wellbeing is feeling a sense of belonging and inclusion which is important to your quality of life. Personal achievement can take place anywhere: in school, college, employment, family life, relationships etc.
Are you experiencing or have you ever experienced anxiety, peer pressure, bullying, self-harm or negative thoughts? If so you are not alone.
Mind is a mental health charity in England and Wales; no one should go through a mental health problem alone.
Social media is any webpage/website that people use to socially interact. Safe use of social media with teenagers and adolescents is important due to the convenience and constant access to a variety of mobile devices. No one wants to spoil your fun or stop you from speaking to your friends but what we do want is to help you keep safe whilst on the internet.
Tips to help you keep safe:
- Don’t post any personal information online such as your address, email address, school or telephone number.
- Always check your privacy settings: make sure any social media accounts aren’t public. Set to friends only.
- Do not accept any friendships with people you do not know. Even friends of friends.
- Think before you post any pictures online. Once you have put a picture of yourself online it is no longer yours.
- Never share or post any indecent images. It is illegal to send or receive indecent images if you are under 18, even if the images are of yourself.
- Be respectful to other people’s views and opinions.
If you have any worries or concerns whilst online or anyone is contacting you who shouldn’t be remember you can always report it.
You can do this by speaking to a trusted adult, such as a nurse at The Parallel or your school nurse.
Children and young people can be groomed online or face to face. Anyone can be groomed and anyone can groom.
What is grooming?
Grooming is when a person starts to build an emotional relationship with a child or young person to try and gain their trust. They then use this for their own gratitude, such as sexual abuse, exploitation, or even trafficking.
Groomers may say they are someone they are not. They may give you the attention you want, buy you gifts, use their authority, give you treats, take you places. They may make you think you are in a relationship with them.
Never share any images or videos of yourself, and don’t be afraid to talk to a trusted adult or friend, even if you feel embarrassed or ashamed. Remember you are not the one in the wrong. If you don’t feel you can talk to anyone you can report it online.
It’s not okay
Visit the It’s not okay website for further information and to get help.
CEOP helps thousands of people. They can provide support if you are a victim of online sexual abuse or if you are worried that this is happening to someone you know.
Childline is a free 24-hour counselling service. Children and young people can use this service right up to their 19th birthday. This service is provided by the NSPCC.
Thinkuknow is a website that helps to empower children and young people ages 5-17. The aim is to help you identify risks you may face online. It helps you know how to access support.