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Social media safety

Social media websites can be fun and provide an easy way to communicate with friends and family online, but you must be careful how you use social media.

If you have a social media account, we recommend you;

  • check your privacy settings regularly to ensure only the people you trust can read your profile and updates
  • be careful when tagging yourself in photos, don't allow image GPS tagging settings give away your location
  • some people may not be who they say they are, so be careful who you befriend online
  • report nasty or inappropriate messages to the social network
  • don't share personal details about yourself online or to anyone you don't know and trust. For example; your date of birth, your school, college or place of work, your address or your contact information
  • try to put as little personal information as possible on social media sites to avoid people knowing too much about you
  • think about what you're putting online before posting on a social website. Posting that you're going away on holiday advertises the when your house may be empty
  • consider what photos you share online and what impression this gives. Ensure they are appropriate, inoffensive, don't show any personal details about you and are legal.

Social media harassment

If you are ever harassed or bullied online, you should report this directly through the social networking website.

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