The Internet and Cyberspace are great ways to connect with people and with the world! They are technologies to enjoy and explore, and are going to play an ever increasing part in our lives. However, as we all know, this will involve risks and dangers; we all need to be aware of these and need to acquire and develop the knowledge and skills to reduce and avoid them. This document reminds us of some basic cyber wisdom!
- Be careful to whom you give your mobile phone number and never post it on websites.
- Never return a call or text message to a number you do not know.
- Never reply to texts saying you have won prizes.
These are usually based around the premium rate numbers and may cost you a small or large fortune!
- If you are using text chat, make sure your username does not give away your real name.
- If you receive abusive text messages, keep them. You do not have to read them. When the time comes to take action, these messages may be evidence.
- If you receive abusive text or chat messages, ask for help from a parent, your Parent Pupils Support Officer, or any trusted adult.
Remember, by forwarding a text, e-mail, photo, video, etc. you may be making a problem worse.
You could be unwittingly involving yourself in bullying. You may even be breaking the law!
- Always make up usernames which are not linked to your real name.
- Never agree to meet anyone you have met online unless you are sure they are who they say they are and you have discussed it with your parents.
- When meeting people you have contacted through the internet you should aim to do so during daylight hours.
- Remember that many people in chatrooms and on social networks are not who they say they are.
- Always avoid posting personal information on websites such as Bebo or MySpace and in blogs.
Information, such as your real name, address, phone number, email address, school, postcode and photos of you in your school uniform can be used to trace you.
- If you are using Facebook still be careful about what information you put on your page and be VERY careful to whom you allow access.
- Never put photos of yourself or friends on websites. Never send photos to someone you have met online.
- Avoid webcam chats with people you do not know.
- Do not respond to e-mails from people you do not know.
- Do not respond to any abusive e-mails.
You may feel that you want to defend yourself; however, once you engage with the sender, the situation may escalate.
If you receive any abusive emails, keep them. Create a new folder called "Abuse", and move the abusive mail into this folder.
You do not have to read it. When the time comes to take action, this folder of abusive mail and flame mail can be used as evidence.
- Your passwords are very important; never share them, even with friends. Remember that passwords are more secure if they contain a combination of numbers and letters.
- Learn how to block people on email or websites. If someone sends you inappropriate mail, block them. Mr Morgan, ICT Network Manager can advise you on how to do this.
- Do not be afraid to ask for help.
Remember to contact Mr Armstrong, Data Manager - or better yet your Head of Year - if you want something to be removed from a website. It is useful to keep a screen shot in case it happens again.
Remember information that you put on the web is potentially there for ever and may be viewed by your parents, potential employers or in the future perhaps even your own children.
Remember, by forwarding an email, photo, video etc you may be making a problem worse. You could be unwittingly involving yourself in bullying. You may even be breaking the law!