Information for Children and Young People.

If you have read anything on this website that sounds familiar to a situation you have previously been in or are currently experiencing, please feel free to contact us.

You will be put in touch with a Young Person's Worker who can discuss any concerns or questions you have about sexual exploitation.

Tips for Snapchat

Arguably the most popular app for children and teenagers, but how well do you really know your favourite app?

Did you know that apps exist purely to allow people to secretly screenshot images you send to them on Snapchat, without you being notified that your mate has ‘screenshot’ your image? Because these dangerous apps exist, inappropriate images that have been shared in the past may still exist on someone’s phone without you realising.

Are you aware of how much information you are giving away about yourself by being ‘Public’ on snapmap? By using Snapchat regularly and always being ‘Public’ on the map, you give away:

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Where you live

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Your route to school and your route home from school

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What time you leave in the mornings

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How you travel there (walk, car, train, bus – snapmap will tell your friends your chosen mode of transport)

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Where you hang out at weekends

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Where you have gone on holiday

Instagram Terms and Conditions

Do we really know what we are saying ‘Yes’ to when we accept Instagram’s terms and conditions? A lawyer from England named Jenny Afia re-wrote the terms and conditions of Instagram into four clear, easy to understand bullet points:

  • Officially you own any original pictures and videos you post, but we can use them, and we can let others use them as well, anywhere around the world. Other people might pay us to use them and we will not pay you for that (or let you know we took them).
  • We may keep, use and share your personal information with companies connected with Instagram. This information includes your name, email address, school, where you live, pictures, phone number, your likes and dislikes, where you go, who your friends are, how often you use Instagram, and any other personal information we find such as your birthday or who you are chatting with, including in private messages (DMs).
  • We can force you to give up your username for any reason.
  • We can, but do not have to, remove, edit, block and/or monitor anything posted on any accounts that we think breaks any rules. We are not responsible if somebody breaks the law or breaks these rules; but if you break them, you are responsible.

Whilst the Green Light Project is not trying to encourage all children and young people to stop using their favourite apps, it is hoped that by reading the above information about Snapchat and Instagram, more care and consideration is given to what images and content is shared with others. It is also hoped that more will be done to increase their safety settings online.

Sextortion Scam

Please be aware of this very clever online scam that leads to online blackmail. This scam most commonly effects teenage boys/young men.

A group of scammers will approach a young, attractive female and ask that she take between 100 and 300 pictures of herself in different clothes, with different hair styles, with different people at different locations throughout the course of one day. The girl will be paid for her original photos and will then be given the option to make even more money by also taking some nude photos. She is then sent on her way, no longer having a role in the scam.

The scammers then sit in internet cafes for hours developing legitimate looking online profiles of this girl (who we will call ‘Emily’) on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. It is important for the scammers to create a platform for ‘Emily’ on all these different websites so that it increases the look of legitimacy and the likelihood that anyone approached by an ‘Emily’ profile, will believe that they are really speaking to this young woman.

Once a potential scamming victim has been targeted, the ‘Emily’ profile will groom the male into believing that they share a lot in common, and that ‘Emily’ wants to start some sort of online romantic relationship. The male is sent inappropriate images of ‘Emily’ which he is likely to believe is proof that a) she is real and b) she really likes him.

‘Emily’ then starts asking the victim to send back inappropriate pictures and/or videos, suggesting that the boy must not really like her if he doesn’t send anything back. She continues to apply pressure to the boy until he eventually sends images/videos. At this point, the real person who has been speaking to the scamming victim reveals that the Emily profile is fake, and that if he does not send money to the scammer, his photos will be uploaded onto Facebook/ Porn Websites/ his school website.

Not everyone you speak to online is who they say they are and it is important to remember that just because someone looks very real online, it does not prove for a minute that they are real.

If you have any questions about the above information, feel free to contact us for advice and support.

For further information on any of the above, please contact us directly.

The Green Light Project is supported by Comic Releif and Alcohol & Drugs Action