Staying safe online & on your phone
There are steps you can take to make sure you stay safe and out of danger on the internet.
The internet is full of information and can be a fun and safe way to meet new people through things like social networks. When using the internet you should also be aware that it can be dangerous if you end up talking to the wrong person or sharing too much information.
Try not to put any information about yourself online that would let people be able to find you, such as your full name or address or what school you go to, the places you hang out, or your phone number. These are all things that could let someone find you and that could mean that you end up in danger.
If you are talking to someone, make sure that they are who they say they are. You can test this kind of thing by asking them to write down something unique on a piece of paper (such as your name and today’s date) and show you them holding it over web-cam – something like this can help you know the pictures and webcam footage you are seeing isn’t stolen from other people.
Being safe on your phone is something you really have to consider now that most people have smartphones – they are a lot more interactive than phones used to be.
Things you can do to be safer include:
- making sure you don’t give your number to anyone who may harass you or be abusive over texts or phone calls.
- try not to be pressured by anyone to do anything inappropriate on your phone, like sending sexual images of yourself or “sexting” (writing sexual text messages) if you are underage.
- turn off your location services, because otherwise, people can see where you are when you send messages on sites like Facebook, which could make you unsafe.