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Safer Internet: Home

6 Rules of Internet Safety


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  1. Keep your password safe
  2. Know what you can share - don’t overshare personal information
  3. Be careful of what you post - once you post something on the Internet it is there forever
  4. Keep it online for friends you don’t know
  5. Don’t stay in chats you don’t like
  6. Don’t download junk 

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying or cyber harassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic forms of contact. Cyber-bullying has become increasingly common on the internet. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors about a person, threats, disclose victims' personal information, or excluding them from school or class groups on social media or deleting them from friendship lists. 

Top tips for dealing with cyber bullying:

  1. Don't Reply - Don’t reply to messages that harass or annoy you
  2. Keep the message - You don’t have to read it, but keep the evidence.
  3. Block the sender - Don’t put up with someone harassing you.
  4. Tell someone you trust - Talk to your parents, friends, and a teacher you trust or a guidance counsellor.
  5. Report problems - Report problems to the people who can do something about it.

Sharing personal Infomation online

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Once you post something online, it’s there forever and you have no control over who sees your information or photos. Therefore you really need to think about what you share online. Sharing your pictures and thoughts can be a fun way of communicating and getting things off your chest. However, sharing too much personal information can result in you being hacked or the subject of a scam. It can also put you at risk of being cyber bullied in a more personal and hurtful way.

Tips for sharing information online:

  1. Remember once you post something online, it’s there forever and you have no control over who sees your information or photos 
  2. Think before you share personal information online 
  3. Take the time to understand the privacy settings on your social networking service accounts
  4. The Granny Rule is useful when trying to decide if a picture should be shared online. If you wouldn’t show a picture to your granny then it probably shouldn’t be online!

Fake News and False Information


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Fake news or information and conspiracy stories spread mainly via social media and friends. Fake information is stories, articles or posts created to intentionally misinform or deceive readers. They are not always easy to recognise as untruths.

Hence, it is important to review information and fact check before sharing:

  • Examine headlines critically 
  • Check the source 
  • Check the facts
  • Make others aware of fake news and conspiracy stories
  • Report problematic content 

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