What do you do when you get an email from someone you don't know? - BlackDancingPuffin
Khalil says: I won’t even open it. I’ll delete it straight away. I don’t tend to get mail from strangers often because I keep my details quite private. If people need to get in touch with me work-wise they go through my Mum who vets all such emails. So there really isn’t a need for someone to have my personal email address.
Lindsay says: If you get an email from someone that you don’t know then please don’t open it, as you don’t know what it’s going to say or have in it, especially if there is a file attached. Tell an adult straight away and they will be able to decide what to do, for example deleting it for you.
There is this girl in my class who told me she went on this website where you talk to strangers and I have been wondering whether to tell a teacher or not as I think it's illegal but I am not sure. Any advice? - NavyBlueKnittingSeal
Lindsay says: Telling someone if you are worried is always the best thing to do, like a parent, carer or teacher, you are absolutely right! If you are chatting to people on the internet, then it is best to chat to your friends only and the people that you trust. Remember, friends made just on the internet are still strangers.
My Mum and Dad have got a poster that tells you how to be smart online. But what should you do if you tell someone you know your personal details? Is that bad or not? - CrystalNuttyMonkey
Lindsay says: That sounds like a great poster! Your personal details are just for you, and should always be kept as safe as possible! If you are worried that you might have shared something online, then please do tell an adult and ask them to help you. Your personal information is things like your full name, your home address, school address, email address, phone numbers and passwords etc. If you have shared a password with someone then ask someone to help you change it straight away.
What should you do if you get an inappropriate message or photo from somebody you don't know or someone pretending to be somebody you know? - TanzaniteTubaRockstar
Lindsay says: If you read, watch, see or hear anything inappropriate online then please tell someone straight away. Things like inappropriate photos or messages can often be reported to the websites that they are on and an adult should be able to help you to do this. If you are not sure that someone is actually who they say they are, or might be pretending to be someone then it is important not communicate with them.
Khalil says : Delete, delete, delete! It only takes one dodgy email and a virus is worming its way through your files! Once bitten twice shy, so I won’t risk it.
What would happen if you thought you were talking to your friend but someone has hacked into their email and asks you to meet up with them? - MaroonMusicalGecko
Lindsay says: This is a very good question, with a very simple answer. It is never safe to meet up with anyone that you have met on the internet, that you have not met before in the “real world.” If you are worried that you are talking to someone who is not who they say they are, or a stranger is bothering you, then this can be reported to the CEOP website, please talk to an adult that you trust first, and ask them to do this for you.
If your friend is worried that someone might be using their account then they should change their password straight away and choose a really good one that can’t easily be guessed!
Khalil says: This hasn’t ever happened to me, but if it did, I’d probably text/ phone my friend on their mobile phone to make sure it was them. With your friends you tend to be able to tell when it is and isn’t them as well. If in doubt, check it out (ultimate cheese, but true)
I want to be a model so what should I do if I get an email asking for my name, age and gender and saying they'll send their agent round? - OchreHilariousSinger
Lindsay says: If you receive any emails, about any subject, from people that you do not know, asking you for your personal details then it is very important not to reply. Real modeling agency websites will always let you know how you can contact them and how they will contact you.
If you are worried about an email that has asked for your information then please tell a parent or carer straight away, they will be able to read the email for you and decide what to do e.g. delete it for you, and look online to find a legitimate agency that you can go to in person.
I was wondering if you wanted to be on a show like "The 4 O'Clock Club" and the casting people want you to send a picture of yourself and you don't want to, what should you do? - VioletMoonWriter
Khalil says: Firstly you shouldn’t be sending your details anywhere… At all! This should only be done by your agent. If you don’t have one then your parents should be handling this. This ensures that a responsible adult knows exactly where your details are going.
Good casting directors, for shows like The 4 O’Clock Club, can be trusted with your pictures. They are reputable companies with a track record of dealing with this sort of information. They cannot misuse your photos and there are guidelines in place that regulate them and the use of your details
Lindsay says: If someone that you don’t know asks you to send them a picture then it is very important not to do so, until you have spoken to a trusted adult straight away. An adult will be able to decide if the request for a picture is a real one and if it has come from a casting agent.
Unfortunately it can be difficult to know if someone is telling the truth on the internet and a trusted adult will be able to help you send any photos that you need to, to the right people. If your adult decides that it is not a real casting agent who has asked you for a photo then this can be reported to the CEOP website .