Think You Know
How To Stay Safe Online
This flyer is about staying safe online, and knowing how to do it. If you are experiencing harrassement of any kind, talk to people, contact companies, talk to friends, talk to family. Just don't keep it to yourself, you're not the first, and defininitely not the last.
Rights & Responsibilities
- Firstly, don't give any unnecessary information about yourself. Don't answer anything a normal person wouldn't ask on a regular day.
- If someone is harassing you in any way, don't just ignore it. This person may be harassing other people who are too afraid to do anything about it.
- Finally, do not think that you can be a bully either. Don't forget that you're not the only person with a report button on your screen. Respect others.
How Can You Use Social Networks Safely And Responsibly?
- Don't include your real name or any other information in your username.
- If the site/app requires a profile picture, don't use a provocative picture. Either use a photo of your pets or if you do use a picture of you, you also have the option to use one where your wearing sunglasses.
- Never send a picture of yourself. Don't forget that everyone has a virtual tattoo! if you regret it afterwards, it can't just be deleted.
What Should You Avoid Doing?
- Try your hardest to avoid webcam. The person you're talking to is able to see your surroundings, your belongings, and you. If you do end up video chatting, make sure your camera is facing a blank wall and that the other person can't see you, or just cover up the camera. Be aware that the other person may have bad intentions, if he/she is doing anything sexual or using rude gestures, report.
- Don't give any information other than your first name. Remember that with any other details such as phone umber, anyone can immediately track you down.
- Avoid talking privately. It is much safer to join group chats, the other person has less potential to say something wrong if it is public.
- Stating the obvious, don't even consider using 1234 as your PIN, I don't think I need to explain anything to you for this one. Don't even think about all the numbers down the centre row either.
- Never use your birth year. The most common PIN is normally the year of birth. If anyone knows your age, eg. 14, and the current year is 2015, then the first PIN others will try is 2001/2002.
- Finally, don't use the same code for everything. If you do and someone gets into a single account and they try the same code on other apps/sites, they immediately have access to everything.