The internet can be a great place to share information and socialise, but it can put you at risk.
Services to support you
There are several services that can offer advice about online risks:
Concerned about something online?
If you’ve got a concern, either:
- tell your parent, carer or another adult
- contact a social media site, if something on social media concerns you
- talk to the Safer Internet Helpline
If someone has acted in an inappropriate way with you, or to someone you know, report it on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website.
Parents and carers
Find out more about the internet, how you can keep your child safe online or support them if they are in trouble online:
- Find out about cyberbullying
- Everybody plays – Parents Guide to Games
- Got into trouble online guide
- NetAware – updates you on social networks and how to keep safe
- Childnet for parents and carers
- Dorset Safeguarding Children Board
- Think U Know
- BBC Webwise
- NSPCC – Online safety advice
- NSPCC – Share aware campaign
For more support, call the Safer Internet Helpline.
Bullying and peer pressure
Find out what you can do if you are being bullied and who can help you stop it happening again:
- Think U Know
- CEOP Internet Safety
- Childnet – stay safe online
- South West Grid for Learning
- Where’s Your Head At?
Find out how the Safe Schools and Community Team (SSCT) can help.
Road safety advice
See our Travel Dorset pages and make yourself aware of the risks when it comes to road safety and find useful advice and information, whether you’re a pedestrian, driver or cyclist.
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (The Shores) in Dorset is here to support you. We help you deal with, and recover from, the emotional and physical side effects of the assault and can support you to report the incident to the police, but only if this is what you want to do.
The law and victims of crime
Find out about young people and the law and get advice if you’re the victim of crime with these links:
- The Mix’s website for young people
- Citizens Advice for young people’s legal advice
- Dorset Police website
- Fearless – Crime advice for young people
- Victim Support for young people
Homelessness and housing
Homelessness and housing advice for young people, including runaways support.
Health and relationships
Information about keeping healthy and safe, including sexual health advice and where to find support if you need help.
Young people’s rights
Know your rights as a young person and help make decisions that may help other young people.
- Citizens Advice: young people’s rights
- Dorset Youth Advice and Information Centres
- Child employment and work permits
- GOV.UK – National minimum wage rates
- Get involved: take part in decision-making
Dorset Youth Offending Team
Dorset Youth Offending Team (YOT) provide services from prevention and youth justice to help stop
young people offending.