3 May 2011
Everyone on this site needs to be safe online all the time, here's how...
Being online is a way of life, but just like in real life there are things you can do to make sure you're safer…
- Remember that people might not be who they say they are - It's much safer to only friend people you know.
- Keep personal details to a minimum - You wouldn't stand on a traffic island shouting your phone number out through a megaphone, so don't broadcast your personal details across the internet, it's a sure fire way to attract weirdos.
- Think before you post a picture - Sexy pics, things that show where you live or where you go to school, any of these things can attract prevues, so think before you post. The same goes for videos.
- When you're updating your status, be careful not to include too much detail about where you are. It's fine saying your at a party, but giving out the address and directions is not a good idea.
- Take time to find out more about the privacy settings available on various social networking sites. Most sites have really clever ways of making sure that you keep control over your appearance online.
- You have a right to feel safe on the internet. If you feel uncomfortable about anything that anyone says to you anywhere online, block them and if it gets worse then report it to a trusted adult or to the nice people at CEOP.
- Go to www.thinkuknow.co.uk and the BBC's safety online page for more info and advice, cos we basically nicked all this from them :-)
- In terms of this site, we will only contact you from the address firstname.lastname@example.org. We won't message you on facebook, though we might reply to comments. We will never enter into long conversations online or arrange face to face contact with you. If you are in any doubt about any of this, email us straight away at email@example.com.