Archive for October, 2012

Tips to Stay Safe and Cybersmart Part 8

October 22nd, 2012 by

Searching, tweeting, emailing, texting, and lots of other things online are great fun and helpful. However, there is potential for some situations to become dangerous or illegal. Ignoring these situations usually make them worse. CyberSmart, a website from Australia, recently published a wonderful series of articles about protecting yourself and others on the internet. The eighth article in this series is about Online Friends.

If you missed last week’s post about Netiquette, click here. Also, if you would like to see the list of the whole series of articles from Cybersmart, click here.

Online Friends

Chatting to friends using IM, in chat rooms and on social networking sites can be great ways to keep up to date. Meeting new friends online is also pretty fun, and you can meet people online that like the same movies or sports as you.

But while there are lots of good points about keeping in touch with online friends, there are also some risks with meeting people online—especially if you don’t know them in real life.

To help stay safe while you chat, remember some simple tips:

Tips

  • Be careful who you trust online. A person can pretend to be someone they are not.
  • Choose your friends. While it’s good to have a lot of friends, having too many makes it harder to keep an eye on who sees the stuff you post online. Don’t accept friend requests if you’re not sure about the person.
  • Keep your personal details private. Use a nickname instead of your real name if you are in a site or game where there may be lots of people you don’t know. Ask your parents before giving anyone on the internet your name, address, phone number or any other personal details.
  • Set your profile to private, or ask your parents to help you do this.
  • Always keep your password secret. Don’t even share it with your friends.
  • If you want to arrange to meet someone you’ve met online, check with a parent first and ask them to go with you. Always meet in a public place, preferably during the day.
  • If someone writes something rude, scary or something you don’t like, tell your parents or another adult you trust.

Tips to Stay Safe and Cybersmart Part 7

October 15th, 2012 by

Searching, tweeting, emailing, texting, and lots of other things online are great fun and helpful. However, there is potential for some situations to become dangerous or illegal. Ignoring these situations usually make them worse. CyberSmart, a website from Australia, recently published a wonderful series of articles about protecting yourself and others on the internet. The seventh article in this series is about Netiquette.

If you missed last week’s post about staying legal on the Internet, click here. Also, check back next week to learn more about online friends.

Netiquette

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the other person you are chatting to on IM, playing a game with, or posting to their profile is a real person. It’s easier to say and do things online that you might not do in ‘real life’. This may hurt that person’s feelings or make them feel unsafe or embarrassed. It’s important to be kind and polite to others online—and to stop and think about how your behavior will affect them.

Tips

  • Treat other people the way you would like to be treated. Avoid using bad language and don’t say things to someone to make them feel bad.
  • Learn about the ‘netiquette’ of being online. What’s considered okay to do and say and what isn’t? For example, if you type a message to someone in UPPER CASE they may think you are shouting at them.
  • If someone says something rude or something that makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t respond. Leave the chat room or forum straight away.
  • Tell your parents or another adult you trust if you read upsetting language, or see nasty pictures or something scary.

 

Tips to Stay Safe and Cybersmart Part 6

October 8th, 2012 by

Searching, tweeting, emailing, texting, and lots of other things online are great fun and helpful. However, there is potential for some situations to become dangerous or illegal. Ignoring these situations usually make them worse. CyberSmart, a website from Australia, recently published a wonderful series of articles about protecting yourself and others on the internet. The sixth article in this series is about Staying Legal on the internet.

If you missed last week’s post about your digital footprint, click here. Also, check back next week to learn more about “Netiquette.”

Staying Legal

The internet is a great place for sharing stuff, but you need to remember that you are responsible for what you share online. And that means there can be a very serious side to all the fun.

Tips

  • Respect other people’s content. If you want to post content or images that aren’t yours, ask first. Check with your mum or dad before you pass on content that you find online to other people.
  • Read the terms and conditions of any photo-sharing sites or other sites on which you can post information. Ask your mum or dad to run through the details so you’re clear about what’s expected of you as a user.
  • Check any age limits on a website. If you’re not the right age, find another site to visit.
  • Think before you hit send or post. Once posted, it can be online forever. Don’t post anything you don’t want others to know—or that you wouldn’t say to them face to face.

Tips to Stay Safe and Cybersmart Part 5

October 1st, 2012 by

Searching, tweeting, emailing, texting, and lots of other things online are great fun and helpful. However, there is potential for some situations to become dangerous or illegal. Ignoring these situations usually make them worse. CyberSmart, a website from Australia, recently published a wonderful series of articles about protecting yourself and others on the internet. The fifth article in this series is about your digital footprint.

If you missed last week’s post about playing online games, click here. Also, check back next week to learn more about staying legal on the internet.

Your Digital Footprint

It’s great to share things online with your friends. Part of the fun of sharing videos, images and other content, is that lots of people can view and respond. Remember that what you share with your friends may also be viewed by others who you don’t know. They may also be able to look at it for years to come. Everything you post adds up to make your digital footprint and, once it’s online, it could be there forever. So think before you post.

 Tips

  • Keep your personal details private. Use an appropriate nickname instead of your real name. Ask your parents before giving anyone on the internet your name, address, phone number or any other personal details.
  • Don’t share your username or password with anyone.
  • Think before you hit send or post. Once posted, it can be difficult to remove content.
  • Don’t post anything you don’t want others to know or find out about—or that you wouldn’t say to them face to face.
  • Remember that private images and videos you send to friends or post on a social networking site may be passed on to others and uploaded to public sites.
  • Be respectful of other people’s content that you post or share. For example, a photo that your friend took is their property, not yours. You should post it online only if you have their permission and make a note about where you got it from.