Internet Safety for Young People

Young people and others using B Sharp’s musical progression internet resources should always think about their safety when interacting with others on the Internet. Well established organisations and businesses are traceable but blogs, forums and social media sites potentially have more risk because the source and intention to interact can be disguised. B Sharp has come across sites while looking for potentially useful information and has linked them on this resources website in good faith.

If you are a young person and are worried about internet abuse, bullying or any other issue that is affecting your life in a bad way, the UK charity NSPCC has a range of advice services, including Childline who can be called on the free telephone number 0800 1111 at any time of day or night.

Internet Safety

Get Safe Online is a good website that covers everything you can think of about internet safety, from shopping to chatting, banking, smartphones and tablets etc.

Safer Internet Centre acts as an Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline: Telephone 0844 381 4772.

Know the Net has the latest guidelines and insights on cybercrime, online safety, e-commerce and much more.

SafeInternet is a USA based voluntary organisation that curates relevant and up to date information about internet safety e.g. this Parents Guide to Internet Safety and Cyber Bullying.

The UK police have a division for Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) where you can report concerns online, or telephone 999.

Bernardos children’s charity recommends these safety rules when using e-mails/chat rooms:

  • Never tell anyone you meet on the internet your name, address, telephone numbers, or any other information, such as information about your family, where you live or the school you go to.
  • Do not send anyone your picture, credit card or bank details without checking with a responsible adult.
  • Never give out your password to anyone, even your best friends.
  • Do not stay in a chat room if anyone says anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or worried and tell a parent/carer if you see such material.
  • Always tell an adult if you receive a message that is scary, threatening or rude, do not respond and log off.
  • If you wish to meet someone you have met in cyberspace, ask a parent/carer’s permission and then only when they can be present.
  • Always be yourself and do not pretend to be anyone or anything you are not.
  • Never open attachments to emails which come from people or sources you do not know. They may contain viruses and damage your computer.
  • Learn your ‘netiquette’. Widely accepted rules of behaviour include some of the following. Typing in CAPITAL LETTERS looks like you are shouting so use asterisks for emphasis.
  • Be aware that people online may not be what they seem, adults can pretend to be children with similar interests to yourself.
  • Be polite when entering a chat room, check out what people are talking about before participating. Be careful not to use bad language, providers will terminate your account!

Working With Children & Young People

If you work with children and young people, here is some government advice for the safeguarding of young people.

Also useful is Keeping Children Safe in Music. Created in 2010 by the Musicians Union, the NSPCC, ABRSM and Youth Music, but still very relevant today, this short video series offers guidance to music practitioners on a range of child protection issues.

Thinkuknow  is endorsed by the CEOP police website and has a range of resources for people working with children and young people.

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