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Harassing messages online

  Harassing messages and online harassment

Trusted adults:

the teachers
school curator
When you use the internet, you may accidentally see pictures and videos, which are not meant for children. Such pictures can make you feel bad and uncomfortable. They might hurt people or be naked. They are often staged and acted, meaning they are not real, but they can still leave an anxious feeling.
Sometimes a friend of yours might show or send you the kind of pictures you wouldn't want to see. You can always say that you don't want to look at them.
If you see something scary or otherwise distressing online, close the web browser or the entire computer. You don't have to worry about bad feelings alone, it's important to tell tell a trusted adult. You can talk to an adult about it. An adult's job is to discuss the matter with you, therefore you always do the right thing when you tell what has happened.
If an adult does not take your bad feeling seriously or does not listen to you, persistently find another safe adult who will listen.

Internet harassment is unfortunately common

You always have to choose your online acquaintances carefully and cautiously. In the news, it has been reported about cases of harassment that happened on social media. A stranger may first send friendly and complimentary messages and then pressure their target into agreeing to suspicious acts. This kind of harassment also has another name, grooming.

Police instructions

1. Do not accept friend or follow requests from strangers.
2. Tell about requests and messages from strangers to guardians.
3. Don't send information about yourself or photos to strangers or agree to a meeting.
4. If you have sent pictures or met a stranger, tell your guardian about it.
5. do not delete messages or pictures sent with a stranger.
6. Remember that an adult commits a crime, if he or she asks a child or young person for example. scantily-clad images, writes or speaks inappropriately.


It is always an adult's responsibility to leave children and young people alone from disturbing messages. hesitate to speak up and ask for help if you experience anxiety or fear from online messages to protect children and young people, not to behave objectively in the media.