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.”
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.
- 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.