How to stay safe on social media sites.
Children all around the world love to go on social media. It is an important part of our lives. With a staggering 2.34 billion people on social media that adds up to a third of the world! However, social media can be dangerous, and could potentially ruin your reputation and future chances of a job! Did you know that as soon as you post a photo on social media it is no longer yours and anyone can access the photo?
Know who you are accepting.
You don’t want people spying on you that you don’t know! This is highly dangerous and can also increase the risk of identity theft and leaked personal information. Identity theft is the processes involved in collecting sufficient personal information from a victim in order for a scammer to take on the identity of the victim. Because of the anonymous nature of the Internet, most forms of identity theft and fraud now take place online.
If you are not on private then ANYONE can see your account and you do not want people going through your account that you don’t know. You wouldn’t speak to them in real life, so why is it different online? You should always use a strong password and NEVER share it with anyone! Not even your closest friends or people you have met online that you think are okay.
Here is a true story of what can happen if you aren’t sensible on the internet. Jessica Logan was an 18-year-old Sycamore High School senior who sent nude photo of herself to her boyfriend After the couple had broke up the photo was sent across the whole school! According to the University of Alabama’s cyberbullying website, the cyber bullying continued through Facebook, Instagram and text messages. Jessica hung herself a few days after attending the funeral of another boy who had committed suicide.
Message who you know, not who you THINK you know.
You might think you know someone just because your friend is friends with them or you just happened to meet them and they give you compliments on how ‘amazing’ you are. But on the internet someone you think you know could be a hacker trying to get your personal details to pretend to be you and use your money . When you are ‘sexting’ and sending photos and texts to each other, think before you act. Would you say that or show that in real life? In fact, if you don’t know them, then block them; or decline their follow request. It’s easy AND it can keep you safe! So the next time you get a text message from someone you don’t know, you’ll know what to do!
So the overall message that I am trying to get across is to THINK before you do something online.
By Lauren Crispin.