Stay Safe when Social Networking

Social Networking is brilliant for staying in touch with your friends and family, sharing photos and messages and keeping up to date with what's going on with the people you know. But users of sites like Facebook and Twitter need to make sure they know how to use them properly.

It is absolutely essential that you protect yourself online and do not give out any personal information that identifies you specifically, such as your birthday or address.

Be very careful about the images/videos you add to your profile because you cannot control what other people might do with content you upload. You should make sure your profile is only open to people you trust.

If you receive any abusive messages from another user, you can block that person and remove them from your friends list.

If someone creates a fake email or profile to send abusive messages to another person, the Police are still able to trace the account and any conversations or activities. Sometimes people are nastier online because they do not have to see the person they are hurting. 

Download the Safer Social Networking Card here for more information on staying safe. (PDF 488 kb)

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