Healthy Relationships - Positive Choices
Being able to have good happy healthy relationship is very important to all of us.
We all have friendships and some of us have boyfriends/girlfriends - making positive choices about these relationships is very important. Thinking carefully about what you want from your relationships can help you keep safe and be happy.
It is your choice who you date, or be friends with!
“AM I ME, OR WHAT OTHERS WANT ME TO BE?”
“AM I MAKING MY OWN CHOICES? “
“DOES MY PARTNER MAKE ME FEEL GOOD?”
Sometime people can use grooming to exploit young people, using false relationships to do this - this can lead to child sexual exploitation.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Some young people can be sexually exploited - it can be hard to spot the signs of this happening to you or a friend.
Being groomed online is also a risk, so make sure you are safe online. The ThinkUKnow website has games, films and lots of information to help you keep yourself safe - and its free J!
Three points that could keep you and your mates safe:
- Don’t trust people you don’t know, even if they seem friendly – and make sure you know who you are talking to online.
- Never give away personal details or agree to meet someone who you have only talked to online.
- Trust yourself to know when something is wrong. If someone makes you feel unsafe, pressured, trapped or frightened, follow your instincts and get help straight away. Don’t be tricked into doing things that are unsafe, even if they seem like fun. What might look exciting at first could be more harmful than you realise.
IF YOU ARE WORRIED OR CONCERNED, TALK TO SOMEONE YOU TRUST GET HELP
A parent/carer a professional youth worker or teacher.
You can also ring Childline on 0800 1111
The police on 101 or 999 if you are in danger
It can be hard to tell someone if this is you or a mate but this can happen to anyone - it is not your fault!
The Wud U app from Barnardo's is well worth downloading to you phone/tablet to help you think about different situations and how you would act.