Grab the Meic

Meic is the information, advice and advocacy helpline for children and young people. The articles below provide useful advice to children and young people on a wide range of online safety issues.

Is what you see on Instagram real?

Do you ever find yourself in a fit of envy when you’re scrolling through Instagram? These people with their perfect lives, clear skin, amazing clothes, loving partners, dreamy holidays and blissfully happy lives. Enough to make anybody feel pretty rubbish about their own lives in comparison.

What is misinformation (fake news)?

Misinformation, or ‘fake news’, is everywhere – in our inboxes, on our social media – you can’t get away from it.  It’s important that you know how to recognise misinformation, how to research if it’s true or not and be a responsible Internet user and not share fake news. Meic is here to help.

How to figure out if something is fake on the internet

It’s important that you know how to spot misinformation on the Internet. Fake news is everywhere right now and you if you’re aware that not everything that you see is real then it might stop you from sharing something that could be misleading or harmful to others. Check out Meic’s tips below.

Be aware of your online safety: Tips to keep safe

Don’t worry! We’re not here to tell you that the Internet is bad and that social media is the devil – here at Meic we’re big fans of the Internet and social media. Being online is great. It teaches us, entertains us and allows us to be social and keep in touch, much more than we’d be able to otherwise. But with this comes a responsibility to protect yourself and others from the negative side of being online.

Have you been a victim of a scam or fraud?

This week is Talk Money Week and in this article we take a look at what fraud is, what to do if you’re a victim of fraud and how to protect yourself from it happening.

Worried about a friend on social media

A young person has contacted Meic worried about their friend who’s posting worrying things on social media, and wants advice on how to keep them safe. Here’s Meic’s advice.

5 benefits of your online identity

We all know just how easy it is to set up a social media account, whether that’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat – most of us has set up at least one before.

Self defence online: Top tips

The online world is as much filled with positivity as it is with negativity. But who wants negativity? NOBODY!

10 cyberbullying facts and tips

Cyberbullying is something that affects loads of people of every age. It can be a lot harder to escape than regular bullying because it invades your home through those tiny little screens. You can’t just go home and shut the door on it. If you want to know some cyberbullying facts, tips and help then read on. It could be helpful to you or someone you know.

Cyberbullying: Stop Speak Support

This year the Anti-Bullying Alliance (the people who are responsible for anti-bullying week) are holding the first ever ‘Stop Speak Support‘ anti-cyberbullying day on 15th November (today if you’re reading this on the day it’s published!)

Grab the Meic: My parent’s won’t let me have a mobile

What if you’re the only one in your year that doesn’t have a mobile phone? How can you persuade your parents? This is the situation in this week’s Grab the Meic. Here’s our advice.

Help! There’s something annoying on the internet!

You’re online one evening, minding your own business, when pow! Something ANNOYING happens! What do you do? Read on.

Snap Map: Awesome or terrifying?

Today I sailed a yacht across the Great Barrier Reef, skydived in Alaska, then watched a kitten fall off a sofa in Swansea, all before I got out of bed.

Grab the Meic: Nudes nightmare

What should you do if someone asks you to send them nude photos? This is the question asked us in this Grab the Meic. We discuss consequences, the law and why you shouldn’t feel pressured to do something that doesn’t feel right.

Can a stranger see what you post on Facebook?

Can a stranger see what you post on Facebook? What about your parents? (Don’t pretend you  haven’t noticed that friend request from them!)

Sexting and sexual exploitation

Sexual Exploitation is when a person tricks or manipulates someone into engaging in sexual behaviour.