Tips for Cyber Safety
- Use a strong password (a combination of upper and lower case letters, symbols, and numbers).
- Don't believe everything you read - make sure you know it's coming from a reliable source.
- Don't give out any private information over the internet or through mobile phones about you, your family, friends, or other people that you know.
- Think before you click send! You have to think about what you are saying and how the recipients may feel.
- Don't hide behind a computer screen, if you wouldn't say it to their face, don't say it at all.
- Don't post inappropriate or illegal content anywhere on the internet.
- Make sure your social networking profile is set to private (check your security settings).
- Only accept friend requests from people you actually know - even if it is a friend of a friend, it's not a good idea to add them unless you actually know them.
- Tell your friends to ask for your permission before uploading and/or tagging a photo of you on their social networking profiles.
- Don't click on any links that are embedded in emails - type the URL into the browser and go from there.
- Read User agreements for social media websites. Many have age limits and instructions on how to keep yourself safe.
Great resources for parents and students on the Common Sense Media site: