What To Do (And Not To Do) To Be Cybersmart
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- Ask your parents or carer before you give anyone on the internet your name or address, your ‘phone number, or any other personal details. This also includes the name of your school, your photo or any personal information about your friends or family.
- Meeting people online might be fun, but remember the people you meet online may not be who they say they are. Someone claiming to be a teenager like you may be a 40 year-old man.
- Keep your password a secret, never give it to anyone (even your best friend).
- If someone writes something rude or something that makes you feel uncomfortable in chat or e mail, leave the chatroom and don’t respond to the email.
- Be very careful about the kind of information you put in a blog, or post to a message board – it doesn’t take much to give away your identity.
- Tell your parent or another adult you trust if you see upsetting language, nasty pictures or inappropriate material on the internet.
- Always ask a parent or adult before you fill out any forms, or give out money or credit card details.
- Don’t accept any offers that seem too good to be true – they probably are.
- Remember – protect your privacy.
Some basic guidelines to follow to ensure a safe internet experience for your family:
- Always monitor the use of internet on computers, including laptops, iPads, smart phones, or other internet-capable.
- Regulate the time your children spend online.
- If your children have a Facebook account, check to ensure that their privacy settings are appropriately set. Facebook has become one of the biggest sources of Cyberbullying for school-age kids.
- Use a web filter, such as Net Nanny, to protect your family from inappropriate images and content on the internet.
Recommended Resources for parents
An easy to follow website which explains cyber bullying: what is it? :: how it works :: why cyberbully? :: prevention :: take action :: what’s the law?… Contents are categorised according to age groups.
Cyber bullying website from the BBC in the UK. The site looks at the issues of bullying, cyberbullying and includes strategies for students on how to deal with bullies.