People are often poor judges of their own risks. They tend to both overestimate risk and therefore don’t push themselves to do more (Example: It’s too risky, I’m not even going to bother!) and underestimate potential risks (Example: What’s the worst that can happen? Let’s do it!). Find a mentor or friend who can help you during this process – someone you trust to think through risk management options and ideas. The goal isn’t to make your Peacemaking Project risk-free. The goal is to assess your risks wisely in service of your personal and collective growth and the success of your project. Because of the nature of online collaboration, there are some risks that you need to be aware of while you interact with others online. Some of these are:
- People could pretend to be someone else and try to get your contact details including your phone number, location or social media links. Never share personal details with anyone in an online community. This includes adults pretending to be young people and young people are most frequently targeted. For young people in the US, you can use the CyberTipline (800-843-5678) to report any suspicious behavior.
- People could pretend to be you so never share your password with others in the community. You can control your privacy settings by visiting your profile.
- People could ask you to send them photos to their phone or email. Never send photos or any details to other people.
- Please report anything that feels wrong using our contact form
There are also some potential dangers while doing Peacemaking work offline. These include:
- Someone becoming violent when you talk to them.
- Some areas could present dangers to you or your team.
Remember to visit our Reducing Risk tool to assess any potential risks before running any activity. Also remember to ask your parent, guardian, teacher or responsible adult to help you stay safe.