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​Tips for Staying Safe Online

1) Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.

2) You should always be careful when sending out your personal details even if the website promises that your details will be safe. Don’t trust anything even the most popular social media get hacked all the time.

3) Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.

4) Keep your privacy settings. Always activate the privacy settings on your social media and keep them as high as possible so people you don’t know cannot see your private posts.

5) If you are not a private user, and you like a photo and/or video, you don’t know what could happen. All you have to do is double tap and you have put your profile out into the open. It is possible from the profile of the picture that you liked, to trace your account and see everything that you’ve posted.

6) Never give out your passwords. Never use an obvious password, a strong password combination usually consists of a mixture of letters (capitals and lower case), numbers and symbols.

7) Don’t befriend people you don’t know.

8) Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do.

9) Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are. The 14 year old boy that apparently goes to your school could be a 40 year old.

10) Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.

11) Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude.

12) If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.

13) Use anti-virus software; your computer may get a virus that could break it.