Staying safe online

HOW TO STAY SAFE ONLINE

The following guidelines will help make sure you stay safe while you are a member of social networking sites:

  • Make sure that you don’t publish personal information like their location, email address, phone number or date of birth
  • Make sure you are very careful about what images and messages you post, even among trusted friends – once they are online they can be shared widely and are extremely difficult to get removed
  • Talk to a trusted adult if you come across anything you find offensive or upsetting
  • Keep a record of anything abusive or offensive you’ve received and report any trouble to the site management (most sites have a simple reporting procedure, normally activated by clicking on a link on the page)
  • If you make an online friend and want to meet up with them in real life, you should go along with someone to check the person is who they say they are
  • Be aware of online scams – offers which seem too good to be true usually are
  • Do not to get into any online discussions of a sexual nature as these tend to attract potentially dangerous users

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