Personal Safety

Keeping Yourself Safe

When walking round town by yourself you should make sure friends or family know where you are. To protect yourself, you should avoid walking in dark areas and in alleys by yourself.

The links below will take you to advice on how to deal with situations involving Stalking, Domestic Abuse, and Rape and Sexual Abuse.

Stalking

Domestic abuse

Rape and sexual abuse

Driving

If you are learning to drive you need to make sure you have a Driving License. Driving without a license is illegal, as is driving without insurance. If you have a Provisional License you need to make sure that you have someone with a full License in the passenger seat.

Drink Driving

It is illegal to drive if you are over the alcohol limit and inadvisable to drive if you have even had one drink! Alcohol impairs your judgment and lessens your reflexes so you are more likely to cause an accident. The official amount of alcohol legal to drive with is 35 microgrammes per 100ml of breath reading. This is hard to measure so it is advisable that if you’re drinking you should order a taxi home!

Phone Use It is illegal to go on your phone at all when you are driving. Even just reading a text for four seconds can take your eyes off the road for the length of a football pitch!

Photos (sexting)

No-one should be forcing you to send them sexual photos of yourself. It is illegal for anyone to possess or distribute indecent photos of anybody under the age of 18. This means that if you sent an indecent photo of yourself to someone and you are under 18, then both of you would be committing a crime.

You should also be extremely careful if you are taking or sending explicit photos of yourself to anyone even if you are over 18. You do not know who will be able to see these or who the recipient may share them with. Once a photo or video is online, it is very difficult to get it back.

Aged 11+? Find out more about sexting, webcam blackmail and how to look out for creeps online.

Fraud

Be careful that you do not share personal information online to strangers. You may get emails from people who pretend to be your Bank or someone you know but you should never give out your bank details or any other important security information online. People could pretend to be you and steal your money or identity!

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