Staying safe at school and outside home

These pages were developed with the support and input of IT students from Erith School.

Inappropriate behaviour or Peer pressure

Young people in Bexley suggest that if you do not like the way other people are behaving, including adults who may be trying to exploit you:

  • Don't give in.
  • Be brave, and keep your self esteem.
  • Don’t do anything that you are not comfortable with.
  • Remember that your behaviour can harm your reputation.
  • Be careful who you are friendly with.
  • Remember that if people give you gifts, they usually want something in return. They may want to exploit you.
  • Be with people you trust.

There is a very good (and funny) YouTube video on consent and sex: Thames Valley tea

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is in the news a lot. There is a information on the BSCB CSE webpage, but remember the principles above.

There are some videos you can watch on how to be aware of the dangers of CSE:

NSPCC video (YouTube) My Dangerous Loverboy

CEOP video (YouTube) 'Exposed' - deals with the subjects of sexting and cyberbullying

Barnardo's video. The page has some information on CSE and a link to a video on identifying the tell-tale signs of abuse.

Staying safe at school

There is lot of good advice on the ChildLine Explore schools page

If you feel unsafe at school you should talk to an adult you trust.

For more information see the Bexley Council website anti-bullying page

Bullying

The definition of bullying used in Bexley is:

'Behaviour by an individual or group usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically, emotionally or mentally.'

  • A power imbalance in favour of the aggressor.
  • A victim who cannot match that power.
  • It is repeated often over a period of time.

Young people in Bexley also describe bullying as:

  • Unjustified/unprovoked actions taken against someone.
  • Making someone so uncomfortable it becomes unbearable by even just the presence of another.
  • Intimidation including anti-social behaviour by a group.

If you are worried about gangs or other unsafe behaviour, or have been a victim of crime, see the Police Safe website.

If you are worried about drugs or alcohol abuse see:

Talk to Frank Website

Frank Nitrous Oxide information page

No laughing matter

Police Safe Drugs and Alcohol page