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Web Chat: Risky Behaviours Week 2-Mon 21st Dec 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 21st December 2015.

The Christmas holidays are approaching. Want to know about keeping yourself safe over the Christmas period? Join us for a chat on Monday 21st December 4:30pm – 5pm and connect with other young people, ask questions, find answers and discuss.

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Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:22

Hi, this chat opens in 10 minutes

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:30

Welcome to risky behaviours part 2!

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:34

How can you keep yourself safe over the Christmas holidays? How do you keep safe online?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:36

Be careful what you share online
When you choose a profile picture for a social networking website like Facebook or Twitter, avoid photos that could give strangers clues about where you live. Check your privacy settings regularly. Think about what should be shared in public and what shouldn't.

SoaringPiglet Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:54

I thought only my friends could see my profile?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:38

Think before you post
Don’t upload or share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers or friends seeing. Once you press send, it is no longer private.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:40

Never share or reveal your passwords
Use strong passwords that are hard for others to guess, using a a mix of letters and numbers. Keep passwords to yourself and and change them regularly.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:41

Be careful who you chat to
If somebody you don’t know adds you as a friend, ignore them and delete their request. Don’t share personal information like your address or phone number with somebody you don't know.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:44

Lets talk about drugs and alcohol......

SoaringPiglet Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:48

Last time I drank I was sick. My friends now think I'm a lightweight

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:44

ARE YOU ‘UNDER THE INFLUENCE’?
IF YOU'RE FEELING PRESSURE TO TAKE DRUGS, HERE'S HOW TO DEAL WITH IT.

BlueOwl Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:46

I always get offered drugs and get told by some people they are amazing but others tell me they are bad and you sometimes dont know what your getting, is it worth trying and deciding for myself or is that risky?

BlueOwl Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:46

I always get offered drugs and get told by some people they are amazing but others tell me they are bad and you sometimes dont know what your getting, is it worth trying and deciding for myself or is that risky?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:45

You’re not alone! It’s easy to think you’re the only one who has not experimented with drugs. The reality is that most people your age don’t take drugs and you’re in the majority.

Work out where you stand on issues like sex, drugs and alcohol. Knowing your own mind makes it easier to stay true to yourself.

SportyMonkey / 21 Dec 16:46

How do I know who I'm talking to online? I don't want to start talking to the wrong people...

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:46

Prepare yourself now by thinking through how you want to respond and behave. It may help to share your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust.

Try to understand who is offering you the drugs and why – friends should understand if you say no, people you don’t know very well may expect something in return.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:46

Say no firmly but clearly and without making a big deal about it. If they try to persuade you, don’t feel like you have to change your mind.

They may not show it, but your mates will respect you more if you’re assertive and clear about what you do and don’t want to do.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:49

Being offered drugs...
No one can be sure what they have been given, it is best not to try at all.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:52

Talking on line....
You can never be sure who you are talking to, so you should always be cautious even if you think you are talking to a friend.
Never arrange to meet up with anyone you have met online even if a friend offers to go with you.

BlueOwl / 21 Dec 16:55

me n my man went into town last week with fake i.ds it was sick! that was a good life decision,

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) BlueOwl / 21 Dec 16:58

You should not be using fake ID this is illegal.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 16:55

drinking alcohol.....
The fact that you were sick after drinking alcohol is your body's way of telling you it cannot cope with it. After all alcohol is a poison!!

BlueOwl / 21 Dec 16:57

sweet sweet poison, most people drink, do you?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) BlueOwl / 21 Dec 17:01

For young people it is recommended that they do not drink at all if they are under 15 years, as this can be especially harmful.The best advice is not to drink alcohol until you are aged 18.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 21 Dec 17:04

Thanks for taking part in today'as chat. There will be no chat next week due to a bank holiday. Please join us again on 4 January. Merry Christmas and keep safe :)

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