Q & A

  • Someone I know online keeps asking me to send them naked images, are they just being nice to me to take advantage or use me?

    You should never feel forced into sending or sharing anything that you don’t feel comfortable with. Some people try to make others feel special by pretending to be their friend and saying nice things to them in order to build trust and to share photos. They may then ask you to send them more photos and threaten to send the photo to your friends or family if you don’t do as they say. It’s safest to only share photos that you wouldn’t mind your parents or carers and your friends seeing. Also, remember sharing naked images of somebody under 18 is illegal, even if it is a picture you have taken of yourself.

    Find out more about the risks of sharing naked images and how to stay safe here.

  • I’m scared my parents are going to find out I’m gay because of something that’s been posted on the internet. What can I do?

    If you can report on the website to get content removed that should be the first step. If you’re under 18 and someone’s posted ‘indecent’ pictures most social media websites should remove an image very quickly once it is reported. If the site has no way of reporting you can report the website to the Internet Watch Foundation by calling ChildLine on 0800 1111 and explaining what has happened.

    ChildLine offers to support to young people no matter what the problem is. This includes any worries or questions they may have about their gender or sexuality or coming out to friends and family. It also offers support to young people dealing with bullying, including homophobic or transphobic bullying.

    If you are being bullied - online or in the real world - because of your sexuality or gender identity you can also get confidential guidance and support from EACH . You can call them on 0808 1000 143 or contact them online here

    You can talk to someone at Young Stonewall for advice on things relating to being gay, lesbian or bisexual. Call them on 08000 502020, email them at stonewallyouth@stonewall.org.uk or visit their website for more information www.youngstonewall.org.uk. There's support for transgender young people through Mermaids.

    LGBT Youth Scotland also have some great advice and information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people throughout the UK, with information about some specific services based in Scotland. Call them on 0131 555 3940 or visit their website for more information www.lgbtyouth.org.uk.

    Thinkuknow has more advice for LGBT young people here.

  • What is 'transgender'?

    “Transgender is a term used to describe someone who does not conform to society’s view of being male or female. It includes a variety of gender identities and expressions.” LGBT Youth Scotland.

    You can read more information here.

    Thinkuknow has more advice for LGBT young people here.

  • I’m worried about 'coming out' to my family –where can I get some advice?

    You can get advice about coming out from Young Stonewall. You can also talk to someone to get for advice on other issues relating to being gay, lesbian or bisexual. Call them on 08000 502020, email them at stonewallyouth@stonewall.org.uk or visit their website for more information www.youngstonewall.org.uk

    LGBT Youth Scotland also have some great advice and information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people throughout the UK, with information about some specific services based in Scotland. Call them on 0131 555 3940 or visit their website for more information www.lgbtyouth.org.uk

    Thinkuknow has more advice for LGBT young people here.

  • What is 'indecent'?

    It is illegal to take and send an ‘indecent’ photo of someone under 18. No one has defined ‘indecent’ but basically if it’s naked, a topless girl, contains genitals or sex acts, including masturbation, then it will be indecent.

    As a general rule if you wouldn’t show it to your parents or your gran, you probably shouldn’t share it online!

    Find out more about the risks of sharing naked images here.