The internet, social media, smart phones and devices provide wonderful opportunities for you to learn, be creative and socialise online. But, just like in the real-world, not everyone is your friend and some may use these tools to send nasty and inappropriate messages to others.
Below is a list of some simple tips and strategies to help you to have a safe and have a positive experience online.
- Only accept friend or follower requests from people you have met in the real world. Don't chat or webcam with people you don't know or trust.
- Check your privacy settings. Make sure your profile is private and accessible only by the people you want looking at your information. Regularly update general privacy settings — social media websites and apps often add and remove security and privacy settings without notifying users.
- Review locations services on your phone and other mobile devices. Turn off the 'location services' or 'location settings' features on your mobile device and turn off GPS for the camera, chat and other social media apps.
- Protect your privacy. Limit the amount of personal details when registering to a social media site/app. Hide key personal details like your date of birth, phone numbers and your address from being openly viewed.
- Create strong passwords. Strong passwords should consist of a variety of upper, lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Avoid having the same password for all your social and education accounts.
- Think before you share. Ask yourself, is it true, useful and positive? You need to remember what you post online, you post to the world and this information can be there forever. This is known as your digital footprint. Consider the outcomes of messages before you share them online. Things you say online could affect your friendships, other relationships and even your prospects for study and a job in the future.
- If you think you're being bullied or encounter negative or offensive content online, find someone you feel safe talking to like a parent, relative, teacher or trusted adult and get them to help ignore, report and block the person. Never bully back.
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