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Safety Online

Connecting with family and friends online can be fun and exciting, but it also comes with some risks. Not everyone online is honest and they can represent themselves, that is why squad members it is important to practice online safety.

Here are some online risks:

  • Privacy – When you login your personal information, you put out for snyone to see. It could be viewed by friends, family and strangers.
  • Permanency – Once you put something on line it can never really be deleted.
  • Grooming – there are dishonest people on the internet that talk to young squad m,embers like yourself adn can ask for things that are wrong. Just like what we talked about in the SEXTING blog. This is against the law.
  • Identity fraud – people can gather enough information about you to steal your identity and use for illegal things; like steal your money or commit crimes under your name. It could also be used to create fake profiles to ruin someone’s reputation or to bully others.
  • Catfishing – a person can pretend to be someone they’re not by stealing a profile or creating a fake one (using identity fraud). They can use this profile to trick people over a long period of time.

Do not share:

  • Your address or location
  • Phone number
  • Where you go to school
  • What sports and activities you do
  • Passwords to your phone or anything

“Think before you post, chat, upload or download.”

Helpful hints to stay safe online

  • Be careful of friend requests – only accept ‘friend’ requests from people you know in real life. This reduces the chance of getting into an unsafe situation.
  • Block anyone you’ve had contact with that was negative or made you feel unsafe – this stops them from seeing your profile and being ables to message you again.
  • Think before you upload and share photos – as we mentioned before you can bever really delete a picture. So when you post a picture make sure it is within the law and a picture ou will never regret psoting.
  • Be mindful of what you write to others – you never know who will read these comments and how they might interpret them.
  • Think carefully about sharing links to other sites – the content could be embarrassing, upsetting or hurtful to others.
  • Keep your online friends online – never agree to meet someone you’ve only known online on your own. Take one of your parents with you and meet in a public place. If they are who they say they are, they’ll be happy to do this.
  • Protect your identity – pick a username that isn’t your real name and a profile picture that doesn’t show any personal information.
  • Sexting – keep in mind when taking photos and sending or receiving images.

It is important to know your boundaries and your rights but it is equally important to know your responsibilities. If you feel unsure about something, always talk to someone your trust (a parent or guardian). It is better to ask a trusted adult than a g=friend as they might also be confused. Remember squad members to always practice safe online usage.

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