ConnectSafely’s Summertime Tips for Online Safety and Security
Summer vacation usually involves hanging out with friends and playing games. However, an increasing amount of that free time is spent using computers and mobile devices ‒ social networking sites and apps allow young people to stay in close touch with classmates and family even from afar. But be smart, safe and secure and maintain control over who has access to your personal information.
Whether posting pictures on Snapchat, posing questions on Ask.fm or using any of the thousands of other social apps and sites where people love to share, Internet Safety Month is a good time to think about what you are sharing.
- Share with care: Sharing provocative photos or intimate details online, even in private emails, can cause problems later on. Even people you consider friends can use the information you share online against you.
- Be nice online: Or at least treat people the way you want to be treated. If someone is mean to you, try not to react, definitely don’t retaliate and use privacy tools to block them.
- Be smart about pictures: It is fun to share pictures and, yes, they can sometimes be wacky. But you never know who might see them or how they might affect you in the future.
- Avoid in-person meetings with people you don’t know: It is not necessarily bad to interact with strangers online, but be careful with what information you share and very careful (by letting someone else know or having someone accompany you) before agreeing to meet someone you do not know.