We want to welcome you to the 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 to be a safe and welcoming environment for young people up to 25, with a special focus on those aged 13 to 19. But, to help you help yourselves, we have some advice and guidelines for you to follow in order to stay safe online.

To protect users in any way possible, is moderated – any messages and content posted will be read before being published on the site to make sure it’s suitable.

The Young Poets Network isn’t a ‘walled garden’ – anyone can access the site, so users need to consider The 3 W’s:



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

Keep your private info private: never give out private and personal information to people on 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
  • Names of any places or clubs that you hang out at
  • Full names of your friends, family or teachers


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. Your business is your business, let them stick to theirs.

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. Always report someone if you think what they are doing is wrong by sending an email to [email protected]

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 report them to [email protected] If you feel awkward reporting them, let a friend, parent, librarian or teacher know and tell them what the person was asking you to send them.

Meeting up: it’s always better to keep friendships online. Don’t meet up with any strangers you have met online without bringing an adult you trust with you. If your ‘friend’ has a problem with that, they might not be who they say they are.

If anyone asks to meet with them, you should report them immediately. If you feel awkward telling us, let a friend, parent, librarian or teacher know, and tell them where and how the person contacted you.

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

Beyond the Young Poets Network: be aware about 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.

REPORT IT! Think someone’s behaviour online is dodgy? 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, please contact us immediately on [email protected]

MORE HELP: if you want to find out more about how to stay safe online take a look at

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.

Published March, 2011

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