Social Networking Sites
Social Networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are all online, so any information you add about yourself can be seen by anyone in the world if you have not set your privacy settings.
Here are a few top tips from ThinkUKnow about staying safe whilst online:
Never put your full address on your site
It’s best to leave the space blank, or if you do want to add some information, make sure that you make your profile private so only your friends can see it.
It’s a good idea to use a nickname rather than your real name
Your friends will know your nickname so will know it’s you.
It’s a good idea to put your real age on your site
If you lie and say you are older, you may get adults trying to contact you.
It’s NOT a good idea to put your mobile number on your site
Your real friends will already have it!
Use your Privacy Settings!
Adjust your account settings (sometimes called “Privacy Settings”) so only approved friends can instant message you. This won’t ruin your social life – new people can still send you friend requests and message you, they just won’t be able to pester you via IM. This means that people you don’t want to see your profile can’t!
Cyber bullying is the name that is used when people on the internet send nasty and upsetting things over the internet.
It can also be done by people using mobile phones, by sending messages and making nasty phone calls.
The number one rule to remember if someone is being nasty to you in this way is don’t respond and don’t reply.
You should tell a trusted adult straight away if someone is upsetting you, or if you have been getting upsetting messages.
The second rule is to save all nasty messages and emails.
You don’t have to read them, but save them in a folder so you can show an adult if you need to.
The third rule is to tell a trusted adult.
If you tell someone about what’s been happening, they will be able to help and maybe stop it.
If you feel you can’t talk to someone just yet, call Childline in confidence on 0800 1111.
For more information about staying in control online, please visit ThinkUKnow's website.
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