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Stay Safe Online

WAYS OF KEEPING SAFE ONLINE

Safe Online !! The internet is a great way to connect with your friends and learn new things. But it’s also important to stay safe.

There are a few ways you can help make sure you’re not in danger when you use the internet.

Be careful what you share online

When you choose a profile picture for a social networking website like Facebook or Twitter, avoid photos that could give people you don’t know information about where you live to check your privacy settings regularly, including on smart devices like a wearable. think about what should be shared in public and what shouldn’t be kept private check your location settings – some sites, apps and devices let you share your location with other users. Turning off location settings can help protect your privacy learn about how you can take care of your digital footprint.

Think before you post

Don’t upload or share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers or friends seeing. Once you press send, it is no longer private. Anything you send can be shared with other people and you can’t be sure who will end up seeing it.

Live streaming and apps like Snap-chat can feel safer because they aren’t permanent. But anything you post online can be screenshotted and recorded and if that happens it’s out of your control.

Never share or reveal your passwords

Use strong passwords that are hard for others to guess, using a mix of letters, numbers and symbols like (like £, $, &, ! etc.). Keep passwords to yourself and change them regularly.

If you can access a device remotely, changing the default password can keep it safer and make it harder for other people to access.

Be careful who you chat to

If somebody you don’t know adds you as a friend, ignore them and delete their request. Don’t share personal information like your address or phone number with somebody you don’t know.

Learn about the signs that someone is trying to groom you online.

Top 5 tips for keeping safe online:

Be careful what you share
Once something is online, it’s out of your control. If you don’t want your parents or teachers to see it, don’t post it.

Don’t meet people you don’t know in person
Even if you get on with them online, you never know who they really are

Use a complex password
It should be hard for other people to guess your password and it’s a good idea to change it regularly.

Check your privacy settings
Check who can see what you post and whether your accounts are public or private.

Talk about it
If you see something online that makes you upset or uncomfortable, talk to an adult you trust.

KEEPING YOUR DEVICE SAFE ONLINE

Use anti-virus software
You can get anti-virus software for mobiles as well as tablets, laptops and PCs. Make sure that you keep it updated or ask an adult to help you.

Check a website is secure
Before entering private information such as passwords or payment details, look for the padlock symbol after the web address or ‘https’ in front of the web address in your browser.

Think before you click
If you receive an email from a stranger, think before clicking on a link or an attachment – it could contain a virus.

Cover your webcam
If you’re not using your webcam:

unplug it
cover the lens
point it at a blank wall
turn off your device when you’re not using it.

Check your privacy settings
Check the settings on your apps and devices regularly to see what’s being shared. Switch off location sharing and set your social media accounts to private. Don’t add people unless you know who they are and block anyone you don’t want seeing your posts.

Check what’s saved on your device
Smart devices can store a lot of information about you, including passwords, apps and photos. When you let someone use a device remember that they might be able to see a lot of that information.

Only share your device with someone you trust, and make sure it’s got a strong password when you’re not using it.