How to be safe on the internet

Easy ways to protect yourself online

UNICEF/2018/Noorani

At least 30 million children and adolescents in Indonesia are Internet users.

There are so many things to love about being connected, but the internet is also being misused and abused every day.

Violence against children is inevitable, and we need to take action to #ENDViolence now.

How do we make the internet a safer place for all of us?

Here’s what you can do today:

Be kind online

Be kind online

Support your peers by sending positive messages, a smile or a high-five.

Password

Check your settings and your passwords

is your password 12345? Have you shared it with a friend? Who can see what you post online? When’s the last time you reviewed your privacy settings?

Rumours

Don’t spread rumours

Don't spread rumours or share hurtful or embarrassing stories or photos. What may seem like a harmless joke to one person can be deeply hurtful to others.

3 key things to stay safe online

When you go online, make sure to remember these three things:

1. Think before you accept

Before you accept a friend request you should have a look at their profile – and try to see who they are. Remember: Sometimes people pretend to be someone they are not, and it’s hard to know if they are telling the truth.

Do you have friends in common? Are you from the same town? Don’t feel pressured to accept random friend requests. Check your privacy settings so that people you don’t know don’t see any information that you don’t want them to see.

2. Think before you send

Don’t spread rumours or share hurtful or embarrassing stories or photos. What may seem like a harmless joke to one person can be deeply hurtful to others.

Think twice before you click ‘send’, especially if you’re upset or angry. Once you share a message, photo or video, it’s hard to control what happens to it. Taking it down is nearly impossible.

And remember you have the right to privacy – and so do others. It is not okay to log into other people’s accounts or to use their phones without their permission.

3. Think before you share

You can change the privacy settings on your social media platforms to help you control who sees your information – and all the locations where you’ve checked in.

Think carefully about what you share with whom. Don’t share personal information like your address, phone number or bank details. And definitely don’t share your passwords!

If your privacy settings are not secure, anyone can see your information.

UNICEF/2018/Noorani

How to deal with cyberbullying

What you can do to stop cyberbullying

When you're bullied

If you currently feel you’re being bullied online, reach out to someone you trust.

When someone else is bullied

If you think you have seen someone else being bullied online, speak up. Reach out to that person and show your support. Your words can make a difference.

Stop

If you feel your behaviour towards someone falls under the category of bullying, you can make a change. Stop and reach out to someone for support. Be kind, be a hero today.

 


For more information about cyberbullying, visit this page


 

Report it!

If you’ve seen something on social media that made you upset or hurt you, you can report it. On many social media platforms you can report a specific post or photo if it is against the community standards. Most social media platforms let you ‘block’ a person so that you don’t see their content and they cannot contact you or send you messages.

Reporting abuse/safety pages:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

YouTube

LINE

WhatsApp

WeChat

Tumblr

Snapchat

TikTok