The web is great for…
- finding out about topics and events that interest you.
- staying in contact with your friends.
- buying stuff wherever you are.
- downloading the latest music, movie or game
But there are some steps you should think about when you go online:
- Use the privacy settings on your social media pages to control what information about you is public.
- Don’t post any photos or videos you wouldn’t want your (for example) mom, dad, teacher, big sister, big brother or youth worker to see.
- Don’t send these types of photos or videos to anyone you don’t know well.
- Password protect your online accounts using a password that’s at least 8 characters long and uses a combination of lower and uppercase letters, numbers and symbols.
- Regularly change the password on your accounts (yes, we find this annoying too but it really is the only way to keep your accounts secure).
- A lot of sites that are popular with youth are also popular with people looking to sexually exploit youth, simply because the very people they are looking for are there. So be careful what you information you share or the people talk to when you are instant messaging or on sites such as chat rooms and dating sites.
- You have the power and responsibility to keep others safe too. Don’t exploit, bully, or abuse others. Doing so has real life consequences.
These are only a few of the things you can do to make sure you are being responsible when you are online. To find out more go to www.safeonlineoutreach.com/resources/tips-tricks/
If you are worried you are not safe when you are online talk to someone immediately.