Keeping Safe Online

Find out how to cover your tracks online.

One of the main reasons you can be vulnerable online is by sharing personal information inappropriately. What does that mean? It means telling everyone who you are, where you live, which school you go to, your mother's maiden name, and then telling everyone what you are doing, where you are going and when, and who you will be with.

Don't share personal information or complete online registration forms with your personal information if you don't have to.

It's easy to believe that other people online are trustworthy and that they are who they say they are. However, not everyone is who they say they are.

Before you share personal information online, think "would I like my mum /gran /teacher /etc to see or read this?"

It's also easy to get into a competition about how many "friends" you have. This may mean accepting friend requests from people you don't really know, or from someone you think you know - but who isn't who they say they are.

Taking time to check out friend requests before accepting them can help keep you safe.

Sharing photos can be fun and a way of keeping your genuine friends informed of what you've been up to. Remember, these photos may still be available online many years in the future and your future employer may see them.

Some employers check social media to vet potential employees.

There are ways to keep yourself safe by following the guidelines on the social media website. I wonder how many people spend time to read and follow these guidelines before they begin sharing their personal information? Have you read and followed the guidelines?

Below are some tips on keeping safe online; read on and make yourself safer. Share what you learn with your friends and help them be safer too.

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