The Internet is a diverse fun place. Still, there are some precautions you should consider to enjoy the internet and stay safe online.
Here are some of them.
Being safe online is similar to being safe in real life, online safety is all about common sense! Practicing what you would do in real life to be safe, applies to staying safe online. For example, you wouldn’t cross the road without looking to your left and right, you also wouldn’t talk to strangers on the street telling them what you have done over the weekend or showing them pictures of your house … The internet is just as the real world; you wouldn’t download random applications or share your personal information with a stranger you came across online.
In case you encounter any content you are not familiar with, and feel confused or distressed about, tell an adult you trust about it.
Remember you can always ask your parents, caregivers or teachers for help while surfing!
Simple steps to protect yourself online:
- Set privacy and security settings to all your Devices (smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc) and Accounts (social media, emails, etc).
- Do not respond to, or accept any popping ads, messages, emails, or unfamiliar signs.
- Don’t download files and applications illegally or from unknown sources.
- Install a reliable antivirus to enjoy safe Internet surfing.
- Use strong passwords that contain a mixture of numbers, symbols, and remember to change your passwords from time to time.
- Never give your personal information to anyone such as passwords and bank account details to anyone.
- Consult a trusted adult when unsure, this means your parents and caregivers or even an older sibling.
Report Inappropriate Content/Behavior
In case of emergencies, ask yourself the following questions. Is it happening right now or has it happened? Could it result in physical danger or damage? If the answer is YES, you have to tell an adult immediately to react appropriately. For example, if you get an email that explicitly threat you “I know where your house is and I am coming to confront you”. Report the message so that your parents or caregivers can take the appropriate steps.
Think twice before sharing personal information & photos online
Sharing photos online is fun, we all do it J but before posting any photo always make sure your photo sharing privacy settings are controlled. What does this mean? It means that you choose to share your photos, videos and personal information with only selected contacts you know and trust instead of having your photos all-over the internet for everyone to see, comments on and maybe even use as their own!