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Mobile phone safety

Mobiles are a great way to keep in touch with your mates. If someone you don't know gets in touch with you on your mobile, or if you are being bullied through your phone, you should tell someone who can help you, or call ChildLine.

Mobile phone safety

Mobile Phone Safety Tips

  • Keep your phone with you at all times.
    If you're worried about someone taking it, keep it hidden from sight.
  • Only give your mobile number to your friends and people that you trust.
  • Don't lend your phone to someone you don't know or trust, or put it in a place where other people could get hold of it.
  • Most phones allow you to lock your phone with a PIN code. If you don't have the code you can't unlock it, so if anyone steals your phone they won't be able to use it.
  • If someone is pressuring you into giving them your number, tell someone about it such as a teacher or a parent.
  • If you have Bluetooth on your phone, keep this switched off when you are not using it.

What can I do if someone is bullying me through my mobile?


It's now quite easy for mobile phone companies to trace the identity of anyone who is sending nasty or abusive text messages. If you are being bullied and receiving nasty or threatening language on your mobile tell an adult, like a parent or teacher, who can help you put a stop to this.

All UK mobile companies are used to dealing with nuisance calls and have people you can call who can help you deal with this.

  • Things you can do if you are being bullied through your phone

    - Don't reply to any nasty messages you receive.
    - Keep the messages that you have been sent so you can show someone.
    - Don't answer any calls that are from a withheld number, or from a number you don't know.
    - Change your mobile number and only give your new number out to close friends.
    If the problem is serious, tell the Police by calling 101.

    Mobile phone operators can't bar a particular number from contacting another phone, but you can do this on some handsets. Check your phone handbook to see if yours can. They can only take action about the bully's account, such as blocking it, if the police are involved.

    Remember you can always contact a ChildLine counsellor for support.

Other sites that can help

Think U Know

Chat Danger

Staying safe on your mobile

Have you got any tips for staying safe on your mobile? Or just want to know more? You can read or post on the ChildLine message boards.

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Mobile phone safety 

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