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More than half of UK's online 11-16 year olds have done something risky or inappropriate on the web according to a new BBC survey to be published on 10th February to coincide with Safer Internet Day.

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You feel pressured that you have to have so many likes, and that if you don't you're not good enough.”

End Quote Jasmine

BBC Learning wanted to find out what drives these potentially damaging behaviours, what the consequences are for young people and what they think can be done to tackle online safety issues.

Capturing teenagers' intimate thoughts on film can be a challenge, especially when we're asking them to talk about sensitive subjects like the pressures they're subjected to online.

That's why the BBC Be Smart team decided to take an unorthodox approach to marking Safer Internet Day 2015.

Working with the St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy in Stoke-on-Trent, we set up our 'Be Smart' video booth in the school and invited students to come in and share their experiences of the pressures of being online and what they've learnt from them.

The students talked openly and honestly about everything from risky dares, to online haters and shared some very moving and personal stories.

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If you aren't intending to hurt anybody, just make sure that when you are joking around, make sure that they know its a joke.”

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Jasmine told us about the pressure to be popular on Facebook, "You feel pressured that you have to have so many likes, and that if you don't you're not good enough."

They also displayed great insight and wisdom in sharing their advice on how to deal with online bullying and resist peer pressure to join in with internet crazes.

Ramal had some straightforward thoughts on how to act responsibly online, "If you aren't intending to hurt anybody, just make sure that when you are joking around, make sure that they know its a joke."

It's not the first time a video booth has been installed in a school for this reason.

In 2012, CBC in Canada ran a similar project, focusing on bullying, but this is the first time it's been done in the UK.

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