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Staying Safe Online

Last modified 11/02/2016 14:03

Staying Safe

There is more to staying safe online than just using anti-virus software. You have a right to privacy, but you also have a responsibility to protect your privacy and respect the privacy of other people. It is possible to make friends online, but you should never meet them in real life without an adult you know, so always talk to family, friends, and teachers first.

  • Never share personal information when chatting or posting messages.
  • Personal information includes email addresses, phone numbers, and passwords.
  • Online friends are still strangers even if you have talked with them for a long time.
  • Be careful opening emails or files from people you do not know, they may contain viruses.
  • If someone claims to know you, check first by asking family, friends, or teachers.

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Bullying

Bullying takes place on the internet just as it does in some school, work, or community places. If you feel you are being bullied, or being pressured by others to bully someone, talk to family members, friends, or teachers. Everyone is unique and it is our shared values that unite us. There is no need to suffer in silence, and no need to join in with bullying someone.

  • If you or someone you know is being bullied online, talk to family, friends, or teachers.
  • Think before you share online, protect your reputation and respect others.
  • Make use of blocking tools, it is your right to block anyone that might upset you.
  • You do not have to join in with others who are bullying someone.
  • Avoid trolling, it can be a form of bullying, especially when it becomes personal.

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Protecting your Privacy

You have a right to privacy, but you also have a responsibility to protect your privacy and respect the privacy of other people. Advertising will try to convince you that you should buy or use something, but you do not have to believe it. Social media outlets track your behaviour and choices; they should allow you to opt out - and if they do not, do you really need to use their product?

  • Do you really need to sign up to a websites, app, or social media outlet?
  • Consider a nickname, make your profile private, only add friends you know in real life.
  • Be aware that some websites, apps, and games contain hidden costs and advertising.
  • Information might be misused by others. Think before sharing photos online.
  • Be mindful that marketing companies often track which advertisements you view.

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Online/Offline

Sometimes people make good friends online, but you should always be careful to not put yourself in danger. Being open and honest with family, friends, and teachers can help to keep you safe. Be sure to keep personal details such as addresses and telephone numbers private. Never share someone elses address or telephone number without their consent.

  • Never meet someone in real life without talking about it first with your family or teachers.
  • If meeting someone from the internet, take an adult with you, and meet in a public place.
  • Never give out your address or the address of someone else without their permission.
  • Never share inappropriate or rude photos of yourself or anyone else.
  • Be careful when sharing online about your favourite places to hang out with friends.

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Making use of the Technology

The world of technology moves at an incredible speed. In less than 10 years apps on a phone went from idea to being everywhere. As technology changes, it is important to know how to keep yourself safe. Even in a world of constant change, there are fundamentals related to email, anti-virus, and property ownership that you should learn about.

  • Be aware of phishing and scam emails. Never send someone your password via email.
  • Do not open email attachments from people you do not know in real life.
  • Do not be fooled by email hoaxes, you can check for hoax emails on the Snopes website.
  • Make sure you have anti-virus software; phones and tablets can also use anti-virus apps.
  • Respect copyright and ownership. Use genuine services to access music and films.

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