The Campaign “Success and Independence in Safety”

 

The Campaign “Success and Independence in Safety”

 

Juvenile delinquency in schools

 School is supposed to be the place where you go with pleasure to learn and to make life-long friendships. Sadly, school can sometimes be the place where you can lose your telephone or your pocket money. You might even become the victim of some altercation involving your classmates.

Did you know that in recent years the number of thefts and fights in schools has been growing? In the last school year almost 90% of thefts and altercations happened in schools.

 

What can you do to be safe?

 

  • If you see an altercation or a fight between classmates, tell a teacher or another employee of the school who can intervene.
  • If you see strangers displaying agressive behaviour in the school, tell a teacher or the security guard of the school.
  • Avoid situations which are likely to involve you in an altercation or a fight: don’t respond to provocation; try to avoid a possible conflict by dialogue; keep calm, and signal the fact that you are in danger.
  • In order to avoid becoming the victim of theft, do not take large sums of money to school.
  • If you take your mobile phone to school, never leave it unattended, and don’t lend it to strangers or to classmates whom you don’t trust.
  • If your telephone, a sum of money, or any other personal object of yours has been stolen, inform the headmaster or the police without hesitation.

 

Bullying practices

 

Do you have any classmates who use foul language with you, or who pick on you for no reason? If your answer is yes, it means that you are a victim of the phenomenon called bullying. Bullying means harassment. You should also be aware that you can find yourself in similar unpleasant situations online. This is also a form of bullying (cyberbullying).

Don’t ignore these problems! React in a responsible way!

 

What can you do to be safe?

 

§  If you are harassed by your schoolmates, make someone else aware of the problem without hesitation. Tell your teachers and your parents.

§  If you are bullied or threatened in the street, ask a passers-by for help to get rid of the danger. At the same time try to memorise the description of those who are harassing you.

§  Don’t react to intimidation or threatening messages that you receive on social networking sites or by e-mail. Tell your parents and/or your teachers immediately about what’s happening.

§  Don’t give your telephone number to strangers or online media contacts.

 

 

Street crime

 

The route to and from school can often prove to be dangerous. You can become a victim of theft, robbery, violence or sexual abuse at anytime.

Offenders are mostly people who study you attentively to see what kind of valuable objects you have (telephone, jewellery, money, etc.), or if you usually go on a certain route alone.

 

What can you do to be safe?

§  Be attentive when you walk in the street. Every now and then cast a glance at those around you, notice anyone with an unnatural behaviour.

§  Don’t go on ways or streets with few people.

§  Hold your usual route which you take every day to school and back home.

§  Don’t get into conversation with people you don’t know.

§  Don’t accept objects or presents from strangers.

§  Don’t accept any invitation to walk with or to go to places with someone you don’t know.

§  Don’t carry valuable objects that are not necessary at school.

§  If you do have valuable objects with you (laptop, smartphone, larger sums of money, jewellery), keep them hidden out of sight.

§  If someone tries to take something of yours, bullies you or hits you, ask for help from a passer-by, or make a noise to draw their attention to you.

§  If a personal object or a sum of money is stolen from you, inform your family as soon as possible. Memorise the description of the thief and tell the police at once.

 

Trafficking of persons

 

You often see stories of young people on TV or on the internet who unwillingly become victims of trafficking in persons, and who are then forced into begging, theft or even prostitution.

You can become a victim of traffickers anywhere, in the street, on your way to school or back home.

During last year only, more than 250 people aged 14-17 were abducted by traffickers. More than half of the victims were sexually exploited or became victims of child pornography.

 

What can you do to be safe?

§  Be attentive when you walk in the street. Every now and then cast a glance at those around you to notice anyone behaving unnaturally.

§  Don’t take routes or shortcuts where there are few people around.

§  Always take the same route to school and back.

§  Don’t get into conversation with people you don’t know.

§  Don’t accept any invitation to walk with or to go to places with someone you don’t know.

§  If you are stopped by an unknown persons, ask for help from those around you. Make a noise to attract the attention of others if you are in danger.

§  If you are physically grabbed, stay calm, and try to seek for help without placing yourself in danger.

 

5. Pupils’ online safety

 

We all like having many friends in cyberspace. Many persons like or share your pictures and your status. But do you know them well enough? Do you really know who they are? How sure are you that a thief or a paedophile is not hiding behind the profile of a friend?

Remember this! Offenders can follow everything you do and everywhere you go via the social networking sites you use.

Use the internet and social networking sites in a responsible way in order to avoid becoming a victim.

What can you do to be safe?

  • Don’t login to inadequate sites (pages with pornographic content, pages of some radical or unlawful organisations).
  • Don’t exchange letters by e-mail or social networking sites with persons whom you don’t know.
  • Don’t accept the friend requests of unknown people, even if their profile photos seem to be alright.
  • Don’t post any information on social networking sites that may reveal your address, your parents’ profession, or the social status or income of your family.
  • Restrict the access of strangers to your personal data and your photos posted on social networking sites.