SASSY! Safety Advice for South Somerset Youth

Practical tips for to keep young people safe.

Mobile phone theft

Mobile phone theft is an ongoing problem. Each phone however has its own serial number and therefore a way of stopping the use or sale of your phone once stolen.
To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: *#06#

A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. Should your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code.

Provided that the service is available in the country where the Mobile was stolen; they will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it cannot use/sell it either.

Another great idea is to register your phones, MP3 players on the Immobilise website.

 

Safe surfing

Social Networking

Increasingly young people are using sites like Facebook, Bebo and MySpace to socialise and network with friends online. Find out how you can do this safely.

Personal Safety Issues

Avon and Somerset Constabulary have a whole section on their website about how to use the internet without putting yourself, your identity or your financial information at risk. Check it out.

The 'Think you know' website have created areas especially for young people aged 5 - 7, aged 8 -10 and 11-16. Just choose your age group to get more details.

 

Bullying

Bullying is very common and very serious in most cases, bullying comes in various forms such as name calling, laughing and giggling behind your back, racist or insulting comments and many more. Find out what to do if you need help here.

Bullying can mean doing or saying something that deliberately hurts, threatens or frightens someone.

People who bully do so for all kinds of reasons. It can be because of things like race, religion or sexuality. It can even be because of the way someone looks or because they are bright and intelligent.

Whatever the reason, it's important to remember that bullying is not normal. No one deserves to be bullied - simple as that. If you want support or know someone who does visit the Childline website