Just remember that people can easily lie about who they are online. Some people may try to build relationships online with the intention of taking advantage of someone in real-life.
If anything happens that makes you feel nervous or you get a funny feeling about something, trust your instincts - they’re probably correct. Tell a trusted adult, call 999 or report to CEOP if you’re worried about something that’s happened.
It’s always risky to meet up with someone you’ve met online so if you do decide to meet them follow these common sense rules:
- Always meet and stay in a busy public place.
- Do take a trusted, responsible adult with you, not a friend. If the person you’re meeting with isn’t being honest taking a friend will put you both at risk.
- Make sure a friend or family member knows who you are meeting, where you are going and when you’ll be back.
- Don’t accept a lift from the person you’re meeting.
- Stay sober.
- Take your mobile phone, keep it switched on and topped up with credit.
- Your personal belongings can be stolen, don’t leave them unattended.
If you're worried about your safety or think you are in danger you should call 999.