04 February 2020

Staying Safe Online

Staying Safe Online, You probably can’t imagine a day without the internet. The internet is a great tool to connect with friends and family, connect with the world, learn new things, build digital and other skills, share photos, videos and opinions. Done right, the internet can be a game changer for children and young people, connecting them with a world of…, Share with care, How do we make the internet a safer place for all of us?, Online actions can have real-world consequences, The photos, videos, messages and comments you share, can affect you, the people in your life or other people on the internet. Tip: Before you share anything ask yourself: - How would I feel if this content ends up somewhere I didn’t intend it to be? - Will someone be hurt or offended by what I am sharing?, Your post might reach more people than you think, Even if you post or message privately, you can’t completely control who sees what you posted. Taking screenshots or re-sharing your post by someone else is always possible. Tip: Before you share anything ask yourself: - How will I feel someone other than the person I am sharing with sees this? - What’s the potential my content being misused or…, Ask before you share someone’s photo or video, It can be embarrassing, unsafe or even illegal to share protos and videos without having permission to share them. Tip: Before you share a photo or video with other people in it, get their OK. A group of girls taking a selfie, 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…, Parents and teachers, Children need help to learn how to use the internet in the same way we help teach them how to cross the road., The best way to protect children online is to talk with them. Teach children how to “be internet awesome”, BE INTERNET ALERT, Don't Fall for Fake It’s important to help children become aware that people and situations online aren’t always as they seem. Discerning between what’s real and what’s fake is a very real lesson in online safety. Know the Signs of a Potential Scam If statements about “winning” or getting something for “free” feel too good to be true, they most…, BE INTERNET STRONG, Secure Your Secrets Personal privacy and security are just as important online as they are offline. Safeguarding valuable information helps children avoid damaging their devices, reputations, and relationships. Learn How to Create a Strong Password Make it memorable, but avoid using personal information like names or birthdays; Use a mix of…, BE INTERNET SMART, Share with Care Content online can spread fast, and without some forethought, children can find themselves in tricky situations that have lasting consequences. The solution? Learning how to share different types of content (like photos, videos and news) with those they know and those they don’t. Communicate Responsibly Encourage thoughtful sharing…, BE INTERNET KIND, Set an Example Always communicate with others applying the concept of “treat others as you would like to be treated”; Use the power of the Internet to spread positivity; Stop the spread of harmful/untrue messages/posts by not passing them on to others; Respect others’ differences and opinions. Take Action Block and report mean-spirited or…, Your children will face different challenges each day, but the only constant must be your presence and willingness to listen and help them with unconditional love!,