Tips to stay safe when online
- Keep Personal Information Professional and Limited: Do not put home address, phone numbers, information about family members etc. on your social media accounts.
- Keep Your Privacy Settings On: This can limit chances of marketing companies accessing your personal information.
- Practice Safe Browsing: Only click into safe websites. Do not open links or emails from people you do not know.
- Be Careful What You Download: Do not download apps which look suspicious. These apps could contain dangerous programmes which steal information from your computer.
- Create Strong Passwords: Mix letters, numbers and special characters to create tough to hack accounts. Try not use the same password for multiple sites.
- Make Online Purchases from Secure Sites: Only provide bank details to secure, encrypted websites. Use PayPal where possible.
- Be Careful Who You Meet Online: People you meet online are not always who they claim to be. Be as cautious and sensible in your online social life as you are in your in-person social life.
- Be Careful What You Write Online: Think twice before you post. One in cyberspace, it is there forever. Do not post anything you would not like your family, other students, teachers or current and future employers to see.
- Keep Belongings Safe: Have a passcode on your laptop and mobile phone.
- Speak Up: If you see something bad or inappropriate online, are contacted by someone you do not know or do not want to talk to or see cyberbullying take place, do not try to retaliate or get involved. Talk to a trusted adult and work together to solve the problem.