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There are many issues that can arise when using any social networking. It is important that if you ever feel uncomfortable about something you read or see online that you talk to someone.
The most common problems encountered using social media are;
Posting pictures without consent
Forwarding pictures without consent
Thinking that you have privacy
Sharing a password
Leaving your network site open and unattended
Threatening language and/or statements
Parents can help by monitoring networks used by their children and making themselves available in case any problems arise.
Below are some tips to help you stay safe online.
Using social network sites:
Protect your accounts with ‘strong’ passwords and change them regularly, e.g. mix cases and characters: eg:T3onG
Have a different password for each networking site so that if one password is stolen, not all of your accounts will be at risk
Never share your password with anyone else, except your parents
Set your online profile to private and be careful who you accept as your ‘friend’
Check security settings regularly as sites can reset to ‘open’
Always log out of the site and don’t leave it as your screen saver
Think before you post – anything typed can be printed and used by others
Don’t post personal information – like your phone number, address, daily routine, or school
Don’t post inappropriate photos of yourself– once posted the site owns the photos
Don’t post inappropriate photos of others without permission-this could be illegal
Don’t forward inappropriate photos without permission-this could be illegal
Never click on suspicious links – even if they are from your friends
Be wary of strangers – people are not always who they say they are
Use the delete button rather than replying to negative posts
Check if the site is ‘moderated’ and has a ‘report abuse’ button
Alert the site (report button/flag item) if a posting is made without agreement or is offensive
Type your social networking website address into your browser or use a bookmark
If online behaviour involves sexual exploitation or other criminal activity you should report this to local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Steps to help deal with cyber bullying
1) Ignore it and don’t respond.
2) Block the person.
3) Copy & store. Save texts, emails or voicemails as evidence.
4) Report it to:
Police (000) or Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000) if there is a threat to your safety
We will copy the evidence and require speedy removal of the posting by the person who posted it. Where this is not possible the posting will be flagged / reported to the site administrator.
Respect yourself and respect others.