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Be safe online

We all like to keep up with our mates on social networks. But have you got your security settings ramped up to the max?

YOUR PERSONAL INFO

Make sure you don't give out personal information to people you are chatting to - and never give your password to anyone. It is important that you don't give any personal information to people you don't know and certainly not any log-in information.  If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, remove them from your pages and if they its offensive, tell someone you trust.

It is important that you don't give any personal information to people you don't know and certainly not any log-in information.  If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, remove them from your pages and if they say anything offensive, tell someone you trust.

DON'T LIE

When you create a profile, don't lie about your age - some profiles post your birthday online. Check that you can remove the year of birth from your profile so you don't get any unwanted guests. 

It's easy for other people to lie about who they are online - never arrange to meet someone you've met in a chat room.

If someone makes you feel uncomfortable or starts asking questions that you don't like, tell someone you trust and report it through the online safety centre.

THINK BEFORE YOU TWEET

Remember that any post you make can't be taken back and people may be offended by what you say - even if you didn't mean it that way.

CYBER-BULLYING

This happens more often than we'd like and includes emailing or texting horrible messages, posting embarrassing photos on social networking sites, setting up groups or profiles to make fun of someone, using a mobile to film abuse of a person (happy slapping) and being abusive on gaming sites.

You don't have to put up with this type of bulling and there are ways to stop it:

  • Don't respond.
  • If it doesn't stop, change your ID or screen name.
  • Block the person sending nasty messages.
  • Keep a record of what is happening to you so that when you feel ready to tell someone, you have the information.
  • Report the bullying to the site owners so that they can block the content and the person posting.
  • Think about unsubscribing to the social networking site for a short while so that the person bullying you can't find you.
  • Mobile phones are easy to hack and people will get in them to send messages from you or go onto your social networking profile and post something embarrassing. The best way to avoid this is to always have password protection on your phone.