Staying safe online

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Important tips for staying safe online

Thanks to RESTLESS DEVELOPMENT 

  1. Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
  2. Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
  3. Keep your privacy settings as high as possible (see below for more information).
  4. Never give out your passwords or share any personal information with others, even if you think you trust them.
  5. Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
  6. Don’t meet up alone with anyone you’ve met online.
  7. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
  8. Think carefully about what you say before you post something online. Be particularly careful if you feel strong emotions about a subject as your words may be taken out of context or used against you in the future.
  9. Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with them. Also see our section on tackling misinformation.
  10. If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a parent or friend immediately.

If you feel that you, or someone you know, is being manipulated, exploited or bullied in any way, it is important to act quickly.

Tell someone you trust (or reach out to the person if you are not the subject)

  • Block the person
  • Save abusive messages
  • Make a note of the dates and times you receive messages, as well as the user’s ID and URL
  • Do not forward or share any abusive messages or videos as this may implicate you
  • Consider changing your ID, profile and using a name that doesn’t give away information

Recommendations & Privacy settings for social media accounts

Below are recommended settings to use for the most common social media channels:

(thanks again to Restless Development)

Whatsapp
  • Think carefully before responding to any message from someone you don’t know.
  • Avoid sharing any personal information via whatsapp or any other social media channel.
  • You can delete a message once it is sent, though you will have to act quickly if you do not want another person to see it. To do this, hold your finger on the message you want to delete, once it is highlighted a panel will appear at the top of the screen with a waste paper basket icon. Press on that and you will be given an option to delete the message for yourself or for everyone in the group.
  • Be wary of mass messages that are being forwarded by and to large amounts of people. There is a high risk that these contain misinformation and should be treated with care.
  • Avoid forwarding any messages to others unless you are 100% certain that they come from a trusted source and contain information that is valuable to others. – If in doubt, don’t forward. A lot of misinformation spreading relies on the mass forwarding of Whatsapp messages.
  • If you receive a video, the origin of which you are not sure about, take a pause to check that it comes from a trusted source and that you feel comfortable opening it. If there is any shocking content contained within it, block the sender and report it.

 

Facebook
  • Think carefully before responding to any message from someone you don’t know.
  • Avoid sharing any personal information via Facebook or any other social media channel. Once sent, it cannot be unsent.
  • If you receive a video, the origin of which you are not sure about, take a pause to check that it comes from a trusted source and that you feel comfortable opening it. If there is any shocking content contained within it, block the sender and report it.

Settings

  • Click the downward facing arrow in the top right corner and select “settings.”
  • On the left-hand column, click “privacy”.
  • Set “who can see your posts” to “friends”
  • Set “limit the audience for posts you’ve shared” to “limit past posts”
  • Set “who can see your friends list” to “friends”
  • Set “who can look you up using the email/mobile number you’ve provided” to “friends”
  • Set “do you want search engines to link to your profile” to “no”
  • On the left-hand column, click “timeline and tagging settings”
  • Set “Who can post on your timeline”; “Who can see what others post on your timeline”; “Who can see posts that you’re tagged in” all to “friends”
Instagram
  • Think carefully before responding to any message from someone you don’t know.
  • Avoid posting any personal information including photos publicly
  • On your profile page, click the circle surrounded by dots next to “edit profile”
  • Click “privacy and security”
  • Tick “private account” this will ask people who want to follow you to request permission
Twitter

Think carefully before responding to any message from someone you don’t know. Avoid posting any personal information including photos publicly.

If you receive a video, the origin of which you are not sure about, take a pause to check that it comes from a trusted source and that you feel comfortable opening it. If there is any shocking content contained within it, block the sender and report it.

Settings

  • To set up an account, go to the website and in the top right hand corner, click “sign up”
  • Type the name you want to use and provide an email or mobile
  • Tick the box to receive emails from Twitter, as this may be useful for reporting
  • On the left hand column, click “More” and select “settings and privacy”
  • Select “privacy and safety” and then “location information” and untick the box.

If you don’t want to be discoverable or identifiable then you can also ensure that your name and handle don’t include your full name or spell your name incorrectly; set your profile picture and cover picture to a photo that doesn’t include your face .

Digital Technology Terminology

Privacy – your personal information can be seen by anyone, anywhere and can stay online for a very long time

Inappropriate content – some content may be unsafe, illegal, upsetting or not suitable for children.

Cyber bullying – when someone uses mobile phones, the internet or social media to cause harm to another person or a group.

Image sharing – when you use digital technology to create, share or post content about yourself.

Online reputation – what you do or say online is a reflection of you.

Online grooming – there are people who try to talk with children and youth online in an attempt to have sexual contact. This is against the law.

 

YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO BE SAFE ONLINE  – Only talk to people online that you know and trust.
SPEAK UP  – Always talk to someone you trust if you are worried about what you have seen online, if you are contacted by someone you don’t know or if you are unsure whether you should post something.

 

For more information, factsheets, resources and tips we suggest:

Cyber Safety Pasifika

Top Tips for Everyone

Online Safety Commissioner Fiji

To report any online bullying or complaint:

Lodge a Complaint HERE

 

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