It’s sad to say, but it’s a fact: if you’re on WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube or Tumblr, you’re at risk of losing your reputation, friendships and future plans. Even surfing the Internet for school projects, opening e-mails from strange addresses, or using dodgy apps that request personal information, could turn you into a target for hackers, sexual predators and cyber bullies.
Luckily, you can keep your side of the screen clean by following our 5 P’s for social media safety and browsing in general! They are short and sweet, so it’s easy for you to keep these quick online safety tips in mind the next time you start clicking away…
While you should already be using your privacy settings to control who sees what on each of your social media profiles, don’t ever share your contact number or address details. It’s okay to mention your city and first name, but avoid using your full name and surname altogether — a quirky nickname or fun alias is the way to go!
Guy or girl, your face could be ‘stolen’ and edited into magazines and websites. Whoever gets hold of your pictures could use it as blackmail or sell it online for extra pocket money. You should also be careful to not post pictures in which you’re wearing your school uniform. And if you’re taking pictures of young kids or babies, first ask permission from their parents or guardians.
Be careful when you save your login details on your phone... Your ‘friends’ may find it and play tricks on people via your social media accounts. It could seem funny at first, but it usually turns into an online mess. Go old-school and print out your passwords on a sheet of paper that you keep in a folder in the safety of your home. Only tell someone you can trust (preferably your mom, dad or guardian) where it is — just in case they need to access one of your accounts to help with an e-mail threat or social media crisis. As for chats about personal stuff that you worry your parents may discover, don’t have those kinds of conversations online! Rather, pick up the phone and call, or meet up for a burger after school.
You know those weird e-mails with false promises or announcements that you had won a ridiculous amount of money? And the random popups that appear when you’re surfing the Internet? Cancel, ignore and block these, even when you are asked for permission to open them up — they contain viruses that can seriously harm your computer or phone and destroy your personal data.
If someone sends you messages (text, pictures, videos, voice recordings, or songs) that leave you feeling insulted, threatened or anxious, tell someone you can trust immediately, in person.
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