Staying safe on Young Poets Network

Welcome to Young Poets Network! We hope you will find lots of useful tips and advice here to inspire and develop your interest in poetry.

We’ve designed youngpoetsnetwork.org.uk to be a safe and welcoming environment for all young people under the age of 25. As part of this, we have some advice and guidelines for you to follow in order to stay safe on Young Poets Network, and anywhere else online.

Young Poets Network

To protect its users, this site is moderated – any messages and content posted will be read and approved before being published on the site to make sure all content is suitable.

If you are communicating with Young Poets Network via email, your messages should always be sent to educationadmin@poetrysociety.org.uk. Any emails from Young Poets Network to you will also be sent from this account, which is a monitored Poetry Society email address.

If you ever receive a message from a different email address that says it is from Young Poets Network, please do not reply and let us know about it straight away by emailing educationadmin@poetrysociety.org.uk or calling 020 7420 9880

Before sending us work or posting a comment, think about whether Young Poets Network is the best place for you and your work. Is it suitable for your age group? Remember, Young Poets Network is designed for users aged 25 and under. Content that we deem to be inappropriate or unsuitable for our users will not be approved.

Do you have permission? It’s great to share poems and writing that have inspired you, but please only send us pieces of work which are your own, or for which you have permission to use. If you are in doubt, don’t send it.

If you see or read anything on Young Poets Network which you find upsetting or inappropriate, please let us know by emailing educationadmin@poetrysociety.org.uk

Beyond Young Poets Network

Be aware of which sites you visit, especially if someone you don’t know is asking you to meet and chat with them on their own personal social networking page.

When you’re online, you should always consider the 3 W’s:

WHAT?

What are you sharing? Is it yours to share? What personal information are you sharing?

Keep your private information private: You should never give out private and personal information to people who you don’t know. This includes the following:

  • Home address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Personal website address
  • A physical description of yourself
  • Details of your school or college
  • Full names of your friends, family or teachers

WHO?

Who are you communicating with? Who will see what you share? How do you control who can see it?

Be wary of people who want to know personal information, even if you’ve ‘known’ them online for a while. There is no rule that says you have to tell anyone where you live, what your surname is or anything else about yourself.

No need to reply: remember that people aren’t always who they say they are on the internet. Don’t talk to anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable or nervous. If a comment is posted that makes you feel uncomfortable, then don’t respond, but report it to the site administrators and show it to a parent, guardian or teacher.

Never send anyone you meet online a picture or video of yourself. If you feel someone is asking you strange questions or wants you to send them information, pictures or videos of yourself, you should let a parent, guardian, teacher know and tell them what the person was asking you to send them.

Meeting up: it’s always better to keep online friendships online. If anyone asks you to meet with them, you should be extremely cautious about responding. Let a parent, guardian, or teacher know, and tell them where and how the person contacted you. You should never go to meet someone you’ve met online without taking a trusted adult with you.

WHERE?
Where are you sharing things? Is this the best place for you and your work? Is it suitable for your age group?

REPORT IT! Think someone’s behaviour online is suspicious? Report it. If you are worried about something someone has sent you or content you have seen online, or if someone is being abusive to you or someone else online, report it and let a parent, guardian or teacher know what is happening.

MORE HELP: if you want to find out more about how to stay safe online take a look at www.thinkuknow.co.uk

If you are worried about anything – school, bullying, family, peer pressure, friends – visit Childline’s website or call them on 0800 1111 for confidential advice.

If you are a parent, guardian or teacher and want to know more about keeping young people safe online, visit the NSPCC’s website for further advice and guidance.