Family, friends and/or other safe adults can protect and support you during what may be a difficult time. Coping strategies will also help you manage and work towards moving past what has occurred.
- It is your parent’s/guardian’s job to help keep you safe, so while they may be upset, they should also be concerned about what has happened and help you figure out how to deal with it.
- Don’t be surprised if your family shows a wide range of emotions (e.g. disappointment, anger, hurt) hearing that you have created and shared a sexual picture/video of yourself with peers. This is normal, and in most cases, means you have a family that cares about your well-being and safety.
- Discuss your feelings in an open and honest way with someone you identify as a true friend to help you manage and cope during this time.
- Real friends can help protect you from those that may not have your best interest at heart and assist you in getting past negative events.
- In some situations there are reasons why talking to a parent may not be an option. If you cannot talk to a parent about what is happening, think of other safe adults who you can tell and ask for advice.
- Safe adults should reassure you that they are there to support you in solving the problem. They should not be there to judge you, but instead, should talk about what steps they plan on taking to help you.
- You can contact Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868), an anonymous and confidential counselling service.
- You can find a counsellor either at school or by searching online for a community drop-in service.
- If you are a Canadian, you can contact us if you need help finding the proper support services in your area.
“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”
— Ben Okri