Bebo is a fun place to hang out but there are ways to make sure you don't run into trouble.
You're supposed to be aged over 13 to have a Bebo account and like other social networking websites you are not supposed to upload anything which is abusive towards anyone else and you mustn't harass them through the website. If you EVER come across anything on the internet, whether it's on a social networking website or anywhere else, where people are making suggestions to you that make you feel uncomfortable or upset, please tell your parents or another adult.
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) investigates cases of sex abuse and grooming on the internet. Grooming is where people make friends with you and try to involve you in inappropriate activities. In the UK this behaviour is a criminal offence. You, your parents, or anyone else who is concerned, can report incidents by clicking the red button on the top right hand corner of the CEOP website.
Although the police can get information from your computer's hard drive, it's helpful if you don't delete anything you think is dodgy until the police have decided whether they need it as evidence.
Your Bebo profile All Bebo profiles are private and it's up to you if you want to make yours public but if you're under 21 then Bebo strongly recommends that you don't do that. To make your details public go to the "Accessible Profile" option. If you join a Bebo group then you will find that your details are visible to people in the group. If someone has hacked into your account or you think they know your sign-on details then you need to change your username, password or email address and you can do that using the "My Account" option. Go to the "Account Details" section, make the changes and don't forget to save them.
Blocking people and deleting friends
If you've fallen out with someone and they're giving you a hard time,it's best to block them so that you don't see their upsetting comments.
To do that, click on the username or photo of the person on your profile and then under their profile photo click the link that says "Block". You can then click on the button that says "Block". You can unblock them using that button too.
However, your profile is still on view to people you have blocked.
If you want to delete a friend because they're not a friend any more, click on the "Home" button on the top menu bar and then click on the "Friends" button on the bottom menu bar. Choose the contact to delete and click on the red cross next to their profile. Then click the "Delete" button.
That not only deletes the friend from your Bebo account but also removes your own details from their account and address list.
Deleting abusive profile comments
It's easy to get rid of comments on your profile page. Just click the "View All" link and then click "Delete" next to the comment you want to get rid of.
Sometimes people post offensive things and refuse to remove them so you should complain to Bebo if you have a problem like this. It's easy to do that.
Go to the profile page of the person you want to report and click on "Report Abuse". This button is just below their profile photo. If you want to report a video or photo then click the link "Report Abuse" just below the content.
Bebo doesn't tell the person who has reported them and anyone can complain, the person who has been bullied, a parent, teacher or a youth worker.
Bebo won't get involved in a dispute between you and the other person but they look into all reports of abuse and can warn the other person about their behaviour or in serious cases where someone has broken the rules, they can cancel membership.
How to cancel Bebo membership
It's easy to cancel by clicking on the "Home" tab once you are signed in and then going to "My Account" which is on the bar below the tabs.
At the bottom of the "My Account" page is the link which says "Cancel Your Membership". You have to click the "Yes" button to cancel.
If you need to contact Bebo with a query, the address is http://www.bebo.com/ContactUs.jsp . That address goes to a form you can complete and a drop down menu which tells Bebo which department you need.