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Keep Your Profile Safe

“Make sure to lock and keep your profiles private.” Rudi, MCP aged 9

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Try A Team Sport

Join a team sport to stay fit and make new friends.

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Make Time For Friends

Make time for friends. Hang out with friends outside in nature.

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It Doesn’t Have To Cost

Many activities are free for children and young people. Your school or local council website should have this information available.

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Only Social Media Sometimes!

“Social media is good for communication but using it for too long can become an unhealthy obsession. Solution: don’t use social media for too long each day. Set time limits.” Sydney, age 11

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Be Curious

“Ask your friends and family questions. Be curious and be kind. Have bigger conversations to have bigger bonds” Tyler, aged 10

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Be Careful Who You Share With

“Social media can be dangerous. You need to be careful about who you’re giving your private information to.” Jessica, aged 11

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Think About What You Share

When posting photographs, ask yourself: Why am I posting this? Is it a positive memory or do you want people to comment / like your photo so you feel better?

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Meet For Real

“Reconnect with your friends and give the phone a rest. You can set a time for yourself to be on it for so you’re not on it for too long. And then you can go outside and play more.” Abbie, aged 10

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Put Away Your Phones

When you’re spending time with friends, agree to switch off or put away phones.

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Stay In Touch

Social media and screens can be really great for staying in touch with friends and family – especially those living far away or working away from home.

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Only Use Your Location When You Have To

Turn off your location on your phone unless you really need to use it (like searching for an address on maps).

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Make Your Password Impossible To Guess

Make sure you have a password that is not easy for people to guess. Use a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and other characters on your keyboard. Make sure that you use different passwords for different sites.

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Learn About Your Friends

Focus on learning more about your friends, their likes and dislikes, their interests and hobbies. Try to find things you might like to do together, instead of scrolling on phones.

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Stay Hidden

“Never reveal your location. Don’t turn on your webcam.” Ethan age 9. Make sure to switch off ‘location’ for your camera. Many photographs you take will hold private information that can be easily reached – including where you are at any moment.

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Be A Great Friend

Look out for your friends and help them when their having tricky days. Stand by their side and make them know that you’re there for them if they need you.

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No Tech, Just Talk

“No phones at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Talk to each other!” Amber, MCP aged 10

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Pause The Chat

Agree with your friends to pause group chat conversations or online games at a good time for everyone to get enough sleep. This way, you won’t feel you’re missing out.

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Set Screen Limits

Set screen limits. “Limit your screen time because it can damage your eyes and you can have negative thoughts. It might also make you unhealthy, unfit and sad.” Sarah age 9

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Create A List

Write down a list of things you would like to do with your family or friends.

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Eat Together Regularly

Try to set time for a family dinner every week (at least once).

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Make Time To Do Things Together

With your friends and families, set aside time to play board games, watch movies, do sports and activities such as crafting and cooking together.

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Are You Happy For People To See This?

When posting something, think about who might be able view this apart from your friends and followers. Would you be happy for an adult you know (or don’t know) to find this online? Would you be happy for someone to find this in ten years time? Is your post true to who you are?

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Don’t Be A Bully!

“Don’t send mean texts. Never hide the fact someone’s bullying you. Online bullying hurts. It really hurts. It doesn’t end well for anyone. Don’t do it!” Abbie, aged 10

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