Taking part in Just Like Us online activities from home?

Do it better

If you’re learning LGBT+ topics and celebrating diversity through online lessons, video masterclasses, photo challenges and social media activities, you’re taking part in School Diversity Week (#SDW20). #SDW20 is a week where UK schools representing over 2 million students champion LGBT+ equality together.

Outside of #SDW20, you might be taking part in our LGBT+ quizzes, watching our videos and viewing our updates on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter on a regular basis.

We love that you and so many other young people are here. You should feel happy, informed and entertained here - and like you’re part of our community. You can be held back by some of the added risks of being online, or of accessing this content in your home. This page has simple guidance for taking part in the way that makes you happy and keeps you safe.

Is something worrying you? How to report

Whether you’re concerned for yourself or others, whether it’s in

person or online, whether it’s related to Just Like Us or not,

all these people are on hand to listen to you:

If someone is being hurt now or could be hurt very soon, call

999

If someone might be taken advantage of online

CEOP

ceop.police.uk

If you're worried about yourself or another young person

ChildLine

0800 11 11

If you're concerned about something related to us

The links take you to more information.

This is all about LGBT+ people and issues

- think about how that affects you

You could feel

low or isolated

Avoid this by:

- looking for positive content (like #JLUatHome)

- looking after your wellbeing (Mind)

- looking after your wellbeing, especially if you're trans (Gendered Intelligence)

You may feel

You are vulnerable to

You may be led to

nervous reading this around others

bullying, harassment, grooming or trolling

incorrect, inappropriate or negative content about LGBT+

Address this by:

- looking at privacy/safety settings on social media and your devices

- deciding on the safests way to access LGBT+ resources - on our website or social media?

- showing your relatives, carers and teachers more information about LGBT+ learning

Avoid this by:

- learning how to spot them (ChildLine)

- fixing your social media privacy settings

- DMing @JustLikeUsUK on social media, rather than tagging us in public posts

- Never publicly posting names or contact details of yourself or anyone else

Avoid this by:

- sticking to mainstream charity or news sites and the links they recommend

- learning how to spot fake news (MindTools)

Accessing LGBT+ content online is more positive and safe if you can have conversations about it with the people around you.

If your relatives, carers and teachers are better informed about the sites you’re using (through Net Aware), including about #SDW20 [link] and #JLUatHome on social media, you may be able to discuss it with them

Whenever you're online

do it better

At Just Like Us, you’ve found a place that’s positive and secure, and where you can be yourself. You and other young people - LGBT+ and otherwise - should always feel like that on our platforms. 

But you interact with us and each other too. It only stays positive and secure when you treat one another well - so please do that. Here's how.

Be mindful of each other’s differences and celebrate diversity

Use encouraging words and speak up in support of all sorts of diversity.

Don’t add other social media users from our sites as your friends

And don't try to get personal information from them like their names or numbers. It shouldn’t be normal to share information with people online who don’t know you in person.

Be kind

No bullying, prejudice, harassment, conflict or trolling.

Take the Safer Internet Day Quiz to test how well you use the internet already and visit Facebook’s Safety Centre for the best ways to interact on social media.

To help keep these spaces good for all young people, Just Like Us staff are also working with social media platforms to maintain safety and positivity - including moderating, deleting and blocking content that harms.

If things happen that worry you

it's best to tell someone else

Thanks for playing your part to keep our spaces and activities positive.

That doesn’t mean you won’t ever come across behaviour that worries you. This could be behaviour directed at you or someone else, online or offline, by someone of any age. You could think it’s important, recent or repeated, or maybe not. Telling someone you trust is a good idea whatever the circumstances.

Improve your awareness of bullying, abuse and harm on the ChildLine website: www.childline.org.uk

Bullying

This includes bullying on social media, homophobic, biphobic and racist bullying and more.

Abuse

This includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect, forced marriage and more.

Online harm

This includes cyber bullying, sexual exploitation and grooming.

We’re all better off when we know what these things are and can spot signs of them in ourselves and others.

If something concerns you, telling someone is a good thing:

  • Don’t try and figure out a problem alone.

  • When you tell a trusted organisation about a concern you have, they’ll make measured decisions based on the safety of the person you’re telling them about, and seek the understanding and consent of that person.

Is something worrying you? How to report

Whether you’re concerned for yourself or others, whether it’s in

person or online, whether it’s related to Just Like Us or not,

all these people are on hand to listen to you:

If someone is being hurt now or could be hurt very soon, call

999

If someone might be taken advantage of online

CEOP

ceop.police.uk

If you're worried about yourself or another young person

ChildLine

0800 11 11

If you're concerned about something related to us

The links take you to more information.

Ultimately, when it comes to online safety there's a lot you can do

If you’re committed, you can make changes to your online behaviour and settings so that everything you do on the internet is safer

Make your browser safer

Take tips from UK Safer Internet Centre.

Make your social media accounts safer

Take tips from UK Safer Internet Centre.

Act in a safer way online

Take general tips from ChildLine.

If you can help your relatives, carers and teachers understand the sites you’re using and content you’re accessing, they can help keep you safe too.

  • Ask them to spend time on Net Aware, to learn about the sites you’re on

  • Direct them to our relatives, carers and teachers page so they know more about #SDW20 and Just Like Us in particular

  • Discuss and agree to ways you’ll all keep safe online, with help from UK Safer Internet Centre