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‘Tis the season for giving, be careful what you give on the internet.

By Jennifer Lumsden, November 25 2019

The holiday season is a time of fun and joy but it can also be a time when we can feel anxious and lonely. We may reach for our devices to share the moment or to help us feel less alone.
Be aware of what you share on the internet.

Here are IMPORTANT tips to keep safe.

• Do not share private information – passwords, phone number, address, bank details, surname or your movements.
• Find someone you trust to show you how to manage the privacy, safety and security tools and how to block people.
• If you are chatting to someone online stay in public chat spaces, do not go to private chat spaces.
• Never meet up with someone you met online unless you take a friend along.
• Always be respectful online as in person.
• Do not share photos of other people without their consent and expect others to ask you for permission too.

Inappropriate Selfies – don’t go there!

A ‘selfie’ is the taking of a photo of oneself and sharing it on social media. Never share images online that are compromising and may place you at risk, for example, naked photos.

Ask yourself would you be happy for your grandmother to see that photo. What goes on the internet stays on the internet and is very difficult to remove; the photo may pop up much later.

One reason people post selfies is to gain approval by getting a lot of ‘likes’ on a photo they’ve shared. Instead, encourage others to share content that focuses on what they like to do rather than what they look like.

This holiday season, spend time with real friends and stay safe using the internet.

Friends helping each other with internet safety.

Friends helping each other with internet safety.

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