It’s all about respecting yourself and others.
• Use a strong password (a combination of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers). Don’t share your password and change it often.
• Don’t believe everything you read – make sure you know it’s coming from a reliable source.
• Don’t give out any private information over the internet or through mobile phones about you, your family, friends or other people that you know.
• Think before you post, send or blog! You have to think about what you are saying and how the recipient/s may feel.
• Don’t post inappropriate or illegal content anywhere on the internet.
• Make sure your social networking profile is set to private (check your security settings regularly).
• Only accept friend requests from people you actually know – even if it is a friend of a friend it’s not a good idea to add them unless you actually know them.
• Tell your friends to ask for your permission before uploading and/or tagging a photo of you on their social networking profiles.
• Don’t click on any links that are embedded in emails – type the URL into the browser and go from there.
• Install, firewall, anti-spyware and anti-virus software and update them often.
If something makes you feel uncomfortable… TELL SOMEONE.
Speak to an adult you trust or you can also contact:
• Reach Out
• Bullying No Way
• Youth Beyond Blue
• Kids helpline
Adapted from the Australian Federal Police “Cybersafety: Top Ten Tips for Youth