The official theme of this year’s anti-bullying week is “The future is ours: safe, fun and connected” with an emphasis on cyber bullying. Our children now communicate more and more through social media sites so it’s important that we help them to keep safe. Here are some tips you can give them to create a safe profile.
- Never post personal things about yourself or your family.
- Never give out your address or phone number.
- Use a picture you like or a photo of your favourite band instead of a photo of you.
- Don’t post anything that you wouldn’t be happy for your parents or teacher to see. Once they are online they are public property and can be downloaded and copied by anyone.
- Keep your passwords private and don’t tell anyone, not even your best friend.
- If you don’t know someone, don’t add them to your friend list, even if they say they know you. Even if someone says they are your age and into the same things as you, they might not be telling the truth.
- If someone sends you strange or nasty messages, don’t reply to them and save the messages. Tell a trusted adult as soon as possible and show them what you have been sent.
- Avoid sites that are meant for adults.
- Don’t arrange to meet people that you have chatted to online, as you don’t know they are who they say they are. If do decide to meet up, arrange to meet in a public place and take a trusted adult with you.
- If your account has been hacked and your profile has offensive words or photos on them report it to the site straightaway and tell a trusted adult what has happened. It’s not your fault and you won’t get into trouble.
These are just a few of the ways we discuss you staying safe online in our cyber bullying drama workshop so if you would like us to deliver these messages in your school do get in touch. Next week on our blog we’ll be looking at mobile phone safety. If you need any more persuasion about staying safe online, watch this fantastic thought-provoking video from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.