Social media is bigger now than it ever has been. Social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat make it easy for strangers to locate you and also allow them to communicate with you.
Below are some basic tips that could potentially protect you online.
- Never post any personal information online, for example, do not post your address, email address, phone number or school.
- Think very carefully before posting any pictures or videos of yourself, once they are out there, you can’t get them back and the pictures can be downloaded by anyone who sees them.
- Make sure you think about anything you post online
- Never give anyone your passwords or log in details.
- Keep your privacy settings high
- Do not speak or online-friend anyone you don’t personally know.
- Do not meet up with someone you have met or spoken to online. Always speak to a parent, carer or teacher about people who are suggesting to do this.
- People online may not always be who they say they are, people could use fake profiles, photos or information.
- Respect people online, everyone has an opinion, if you don’t agree with someone else’s, make sure you are not rude to them.
- If you ever feel worried, unsafe or uncomfortable. Leave the website and speak to someone you can trust such as a parent, carer or teacher.