PROTECT YOUR DETAILS
The great things about being online is being able to share videos and photos with your friends and seeing their response. Everything you post online goes to make your digital footprint. Once it’s online, it could be there forever, so think before you post.
You can manage your digital footprint by:
- Keeping your personal details private. Use a nickname instead of your real name, always ask your parents before giving out your name, address or phone number online.
- Not sharing your username or password with anyone.
- Thinking before you post. Once posted, it can't be remove.
- Not posting things that you don't want others to know about or that you wouldn’t say to their face.
- Being respectful of other people’s content that you post or share.
You might meet someone or see something online that is not very nice or makes you feel uncomfortable.This could be messages from someone you met online who starts asking questions or sends you photos that are upsetting or that you don’t like. It can sometimes be from someone you know offline.
So what should you do?
- Tell someone you trust—this could be your parents or your teacher.
- Don’t respond—leave the site.
- Block the contact—using your ‘ignore’ list.
- Keep the evidence—it can be used to track the person.
- Report it—ask your parents to contact the chat room website or app owner.
- Set your profile to ‘private’—your personal details aren't able to be seen and it’s harder for people you don’t know to contact you.
The internet lets us watch videos, play all kinds of games and find out interesting stuff.
But sometimes people can be mean on the internet, just like some people are mean in real life.
If someone is being mean to you while you are on the internet or on a mobile phone
- tell someone about it— Tell one of these people: your mum or dad, your teacher, an aunty, an uncle, a grandparent, your brother, your sister or a friend. Keep telling them until they help.
- don’t answer any of their mean comments— Save them and show them to a parent or teacher
- get a parent or teacher —to help you block them so they can’t contact you any more.
- report—them to the game/video host so they get blocked.
- remember—it isn't your fault if someone is mean online. Nobody should be bullied.
- Only give your mobile number to people you know and trust. do not give out other people's numbers without their permission.
- Think before you send. If you don't want comments or images to public,don't send them.
- Don't send picture messages to people you don't know in the real world. Even if you are friends online, you don't know who they are unless you've met them face to face. If you asked to send a picture message by someone you don't know, tell a trusted adult.
- Don't reply to nasty messages. If you get an upsetting message, tell a trusted adult. Make sure that the messages you send to other will not be upsetting to them.
Social networking and online friends
- Set your profile to private—customise your profile so only your friends can see it.
- Keep your personal details private—avoid posting personal information such as your full name, address, mobile number or school.
- Keep your password secret—don't even share it with your friends.
- Manage your friend list—having too many online friends makes it harder to manage who can access your information. Don't accept friend request if you're not sure about the person.
- Treat people the way you want to be treated. Avoid using bad language and don't say nasty things. If someone writes something rude, scary or something you don't like, tell your parents or another adult you trust.