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Useful websites

Think u know?
The website has been designed to help young people stay safe whilst surfing the Internet. This interactive site uses games and animation to guide young people through all the safety aspects of using the Internet.

Validate UK
We are VALIDATE UK, national PASS accredited proof of age card scheme for all ages based here in Northumberland.

A site all about the potential dangers on online interactive services like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles. Click on the icons below to read TRUE STORIES and find out how to chat SAFELY.

Learn about the risks you face online. Search or browse for Internet safety products, browse great sites families can visit together, and learn how to identify online trouble and get law enforcement contact information.

Be fearless against crime
Fearless is part of the UK charity, Crimestoppers. Crimestoppers runs the 0800 555 111 telephone number, which you can call to give information about crime anonymously.

Advice for victims of crime
If you have been a victim of any crime or have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, help is available for you.

Newcastle Families Information Service
The site has a Children's and Young People's zone and provides information and advice on a range of issues

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Personal Safety

Follow these simple guidelines to keep safe:

Stick to main paths and well-lit areas.

If you're going somewhere unfamiliar, make sure you know where you are going and how to get there.

If possible, go out with a friend or arrange to meet in a well-lit, public place

You should never accept a lift from someone you don’t know

Never accept a lift from someone who you suspect has been drinking or taking drugs, even if you know them

If someone tries to take your bag or phone, throw it at them and run away. Don’t fight to keep it as you may get hurt – you can always replace a possession!

If you feel uncomfortable when someone is walking behind you, turn quickly and walk the other way – don’t be afraid to ask for help.

A park at night 

Safety on public transport

Choose a seat near the driver or in an occupied carriage or part of the bus

If someone sits next to you and you feel uncomfortable, move to a seat nearer the driver

Have your fare or ticket ready so you don’t have to open your wallet or purse in a crowd - someone might be trying to see how much money you have and where you keep it

Keep bags close to you

Be careful when listening to a music device as you won't be able to hear what is going on around you

Keep your mobile phone in your pocket and out of sight

Don’t let anyone know where you are getting off if you are alone

A girl hailing a taxi

When getting taxis:

If you are at a friend's house ask their parents, if they can call a taxi firm they trust

Only use taxis that are licensed (the licence is displayed on the vehicle) and don’t be tempted to get into an unmarked car, even if the driver tells you it is a taxi

Always get into the back of the taxi

Text or phone a friend or relative to say you are getting into a taxi and you are on your way home. Remember to tell them you have arrived safely

You can chat with the driver but avoid giving out any personal information

Don’t share your taxi with a stranger

General crime prevention advice:

There is a lot you can do to keep yourself and your possessions safe.

For example:

Make sure your mobile phone and battery is marked with a permanent marker and identifiable

Never leave your phone lying around in public places where it could be easily stolen

Keep handbags closed when out in public - don't leave purses on open display

Always lock your bike, through the frame, to a solid structure that is fixed to the ground

Use an ultra-violet pen to put an invisible mark on property such as laptops, TVs, iPods, mobile phones - the mark can only be seen using ultra violet light and it may help police return your property to you if it is stolen

Never write down the Personal Identification Number (PIN) for a bank or credit card and never disclose it to anyone, even if they claim to be from your card issuer or the police

How Can Earphones Put You In Danger?

Try to avoid wearing earphones when walking down the street alone, as this will distract you from your surroundings and you may not see or hear trouble approaching.

Only use taxis that are licensed (the licence is displayed on the vehicle) and don’t be tempted to get into one that isn't. The sooner you are aware of potential danger the easier it is to avoid it, so it’s important to stay alert and keep an eye (and ear!) on what’s happening around you.

How can your mobile phone put you at risk?

Many people chat on their mobile phone when walking down the street alone because it makes them feel safer. This is not a good idea, as you are more likely to be distracted from your surroundings and will be less likely to notice any potential danger until it is too late to avoid it.

Be careful with phone apps that let others track your location. This information could be used by the wrong person and be used inappropriately.

If your phone is stolen, report it immediately and get it shut down.

How Can Information You Share Online Put You At Risk?

Don’t give out personal details such as your name, address or phone number (even your mobile number) on the internet.

Be aware of who has access to your social network account and what they can see. Bear this in mind when adding information such as current location. Be careful that you don’t fall into the trap of thinking you know people who you ‘meet’ online. You don’t. You only know what they have chosen to tell you.