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Training 02: Basic safety

Training step 2 - Avoiding danger when exploring both online and outdoors.

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Top tips for staying alive!

We want you to survive your explorations. Any activity involves a level of risk and it's up to you to keep as safe as possible when out and about investigating new places and trying new things. We can't take responsibility for you making decisions that result in pain! The people who create missions on Mission:Explore think carefully about how safe they are, but places change and can become deadly quickly.

Always read the 'Risky business' section on every mission page. This is where we may share some thoughts on how to have a more successful adventure.

Saying safe online

The internet is awesome, but sadly some people online are not as friendly as we would all like.


Be safer online by:

  • Never sharing any personal information in your comments or explorer log. This includes your full name, address, phone number or email.
  • Making a Mission Mask.  You can use this to disguise yourself in photos!
  • Never sharing your password with anyone. Ever.
  • Not arranging to meet people you do not know. It's better safe than sorry.
  • Not sharing where and when you will be visiting a place. 
  • Telling your parent, contacting us or CEOP if someone does something that makes you feel uncomfortable or asks you for personal information. We recommend that you take a look around the ThinkUKnow website too. This is packed with advice on keeping safe online and what to do if things go wrong.

Before starting your outdoors explorations

Here are some top tips for increasing your chances of having a successful exploration.

  1. Get permission to do the mission and make sure the weather is not going to 
    turn dangerous.
  2. Always pack some basic kit: a watch, a fully-charged phone or some change for a phone box, and a basic survival kit (including any medication you take, some plasters, a snack and a drink). Pack a map and compass too, for navigating and marking discoveries.
  3. Get into a team for the more challenging missions. Three is a magic number. If one of you gets hurt, one person can stay with them while the other goes for help. Agree a call (hoooo!) sign and a place where you can meet if you get split up.
  4. If you are going for longer walks always leave a route card or plan of where you are going with someone. Let them know the time you are due back. If you don't return on time they will know to send out a search party and they will have an idea of where to look.
  5. Always hatch a plan in case it all goes wrong. Where could you go to get help? Who would you call?


Mission Risk: Low
Low. This should be easy but take care.

Mission Id: 3125

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    Basic Training
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Risky business

Doing missions on this website can be dangerous. Always get permission before exploring and make sure your plans are reasonably safe. A place that is safe one moment can become dodgy the next so keep your wits about you. We cannot take any responsibility for any injuries or harmful effects resulting from your actions. It's your job to survive your explorations intact.

To increase your chances of success complete our training and safety tips before starting. That way you are more likely to win currents and keep your head on.

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