Are you an e-Smart Student?
Your 5 steps to safer and smarter browsing
Step 1: Don't give out personal details or passwords
NEVER tell anyone your passwords. If someone has your password, they can post harmful/offensive content without your permission, pretending to be you. Be careful with personal details such as contact, addresses, etc. If someone gets access to these details, they can easily track you down.
Step 2: Know how to browse safely
Child-safe browsers filter out explicit or inappropriate results, making it the net student-safe. Don't download software unless it comes from a reliable/trusted website, and if you're younger than 13, it's recommended that you ask for permission from a grown-up. Speak to your parents about internet access rules, and stick to them for your e-Safety.
Step 3: Be a Responsible User
The internet gives us amazing power in today's world, but it shouldn't be abused. Respect copyright - this means you shouldn't copy and paste someone else's work pretending it's your own. It's unfair, and won't help you to learn. Write research in your own words. Respect other people's privacy - don't upload something embarrassing, offensive, or inflammatory about someone. It's hard to take back something that's posted online, which could potentially ruin someone's life. Don't be a bully.
Step 4: Watch out for chatrooms!
Chatrooms are a great place to get to know and make new friends, but you make sure you aren't making yourself vulnerable. Always tell your parents first. Never give out anything that could identify you (e.g. first name, gender, email address, phone no.) - all of these things could potentially make it easier for a criminal to target you. NEVER send your picture or meet up with someone from a chatroom alone. Any meetings should be with your parents and in a public place. If someone asks you to meet up alone, it could put you in a very dangerous situation.
Chatroom Tips: Use a nickname that doesn't sound like your real name. Don't open files or send pictures.
Step 5: Deal with Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is one of the major downsides that teenagers face in this technological world. Embarrassing pictures, rumors or gossip can spread with a click of a button - and thousands might know about it. It is important to be careful on the Internet to stop this. Don't respond to any emails or messages that make you uncomfortable. Instead, print-screen them to take a screenshot, and tell a parent or guardian you trust. You can also contact websites to remove unwanted posts or messages. Don't be a cyberbully. Cyber bullying is cruel and hurtful. And if you ever notice cyberbullying happening, report it immediately to a teacher, trusted adult or authority.