Below is some key information about how you can keep yourself safe from abuse and other dangers, both online and in the physical world.
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Top tips to stay safe
be sure your parents always know where you are and how to contact you
if possible, go out accompanied by friends and return home with them
if you do go out alone, arrange transport to and from where you are going - with a relative, friends or cab - and confirm arrangements for your return journey before you set off
if your arranged transport from a concert or other event fails to arrive and you can see that you will be left on your own, speak to the organisers and ask to use their telephone to make other arrangements. Ask to stay until transport arrives
don't accept a lift from someone you've only just met
try to find casual jobs, such as babysitting, through family or friends, and be careful about answering advertisements. Try to go with a parent or friend on the first day
when babysitting, always make sure you have a contact number for the child's parents so you can reach them if you need to. If anyone comes to the house don't let them in. Ask telephone callers to ring back - don't tell them you are alone. It helps to keep a list of emergency numbers in case of problems
when working a paper round, if strangers invite you into their homes or offer you a lift, politely refuse and move on quickly
wherever you are, be aware of how to make an emergency telephone call and the quickest way out.