Online safety (Part 2)

As promised here is part 2 of the Online Safety theme. As you will be able to tell, one thing I am not is a professional writer. I will try my best to make these articles interesting and to the point which will be easier to read. As well as writing my own articles, over time I will also share various links from around the web on interesting items that I have come across. enough about that and back to the point…
In Online Safety Part 1 I outlined various means of using the internet that interest children and young people, the biggest use that came across was of course social media. Those who know me will know that social media is a very big part of my life and I use it to it’s full potential. I would go as far as saying that I even using Facebook as a diary, telling people what I’m doing, where I’m going, where I’ve been and so on. Every place I visit there is a check-in using Facebook.
I am going to sound very contradictory right now and say that is not the way to use Facebook and social media, especially for the young ones out there. Here are some very basic tips that can either be used by yourself or taught to any young person.

Facebook

  • Audiences – There are 4 types of ‘audiences’ on Facebook. Public, Friends, Only Me and Custom. Make sure when you publish something whether it be a status update, photo or video that you have set the audience Friends. If you do use the Public option then be very cautious as to what you’re putting out there, it really is public.
  • Friends – When you become friends with another Facebook user, they then have access to everything you share on your profile. Make sure you know this person well otherwise you could be giving anyone your information.
  • Personal Information – Do you trust your Facebook friends 100%? On your profile you can input various information which could range from your gender all the way to your phone number and anything in between. You have the ability to determine how much of this is seen by your friends or the general public. For example, if you want your friends to have your phone number then by all means input the information, but set the audience to “Friends”.

There are many features within Facebook’s privacy centre that help you stay safe whilst using their platform, make sure you read them carefully and use them to their potential. The privacy centre can be found within the general settings area at the top right hand corner of the home page. If you are using the Facebook App then the privacy settings can be found on the right hand tab under “Privacy Shortcuts”

As you can tell, Facebook for me is my most commonly used platform and it’s where I spend most of my online time. There are other platforms for socialising online and there are generic rules which can be easily followed for them all.
  • Don’t send photos to people you do not know.
  • Don’t tell people where you live
  • Don’t give our your personal contact information
  • Don’t befriend people you do not know.
  • Information put out on the internet can be see, can be used, and can be lethal.
Hopefully as time goes on and the more I attempt these articles the better I will actually get, if not then no loss as I will still post updates from around the net and other news outlets. Just remember…

Be safe!

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