Worried your friend has met someone dodgy online?
Has your friend met someone new online? Are you worried they might not be who they say they are?
There are some weirdos out there so if your friend has got a new boyfriend or girlfriend they only know online you’re right to be concerned.
Perhaps it seems like they’re not telling you everything. Or are things moving really fast? Maybe their new friend seems too good to be true?
It can be really hard to tell the difference between someone genuine and a fake online but if your friend is chatting to someone who is trying to abuse them here are some warning signs.
Organisations who can help
Talk to someone
Childline is a free helpline for children and young people. You can contact Childline about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Whatever your worry, it's better out than in.
Childline is a private and confidential service. Confidential means not telling anyone else what you’ve said. This means that whatever you say stays between you and Childline.
They would only need to tell someone else if:
- You ask them to do so
- They believe your life or someone else’s life is in immediate danger
- You are being hurt by someone in a position of trust who has access to other children like a teacher or police officer
- You tell them that you are seriously harming another young person
Call them on 0800 1111. The number won’t appear on your phone bill.
You can also visit www.childline.org.uk to speak to a counsellor online.
CEOP helps young people who are being sexually abused or are worried that someone they’ve met is trying to abuse them.
If you’ve met someone online, or face to face, and they are putting you under pressure to have sex or making you feel uncomfortable you should report to CEOP.
This might be someone:
- Making you have sex when you donʼt want to
- Chatting about sex online
- Asking you to meet up face to face if youʼve only met them online
- Asking you to do sexual things on webcam
- Asking for sexual pictures of you
- Making you feel worried, anxious or unsafe
If this is happening to you, or you’re worried that it might be, you can report this to CEOP.