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“Internet Social Networking: What Schools Need to Know,
“Social networking, generally, is a topic of enormous importance throughout the country and around the world,” Hogsett said during a press conference. Social networking appears in schools and across the population, and the dangers aren’t small, he said.
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to help kids understand responsible online behavior such as securing their personal information, protecting their privacy and defending their peers against cyberbullying
“It’s never too early to talk to kids about safe online behavior, particularly when accessing social networks,”
“Using the Internet is an important life skill. As parents introduce new technology to their kids, this is another tool they can use to help their kids make good choices.”
Google Promotes Online Safety With 'Good to Know' Campaign
Gillan Guy, the CAB's chief executive, said that “Information is a powerful tool for preventing problems from arising in the first and safety, personal data and identity theft are among the top concerns of people of using internet”.
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Google & the Citizens Advice Bureau created a few tips to stay safe online:
- Always make sure to have a strong password. Try to always have a unique password to you that no one else will know. Using a long password will keep it safe. Try to always have a mixture of letters, numbers, and symbols. Some people remember their password with a song or lyrics or a mixture of the two.
- When you get a suspicious email with personal information on it, go directly to the site: don't click on the link in the email. Unless you're expecting the email, it's probably not from them and is known as a "Phishing attack" that's trying to get your personal info and steal from you.
- Always look for 'https' in the URL. A website is running through a secure connection when it's through https. This will safeguard your emails, credit card numbers, and all other info from watching eyes.
- Just as you make sure not to leave your front door open, you need to make sure you're always signing out of your computer. Make sure to always sign out of social media accounts and all other accounts that you may have signed into.
- Try and only use safe networks that are secure. Internet cafes are nice but not always the safest place for you to be browsing the Internet.
- With all the apps out there, make sure that you always have the latest app. Make sure you trust all your apps and the sources your apps come from. Always lock and passcode lock your phone. Never store personal details on your phone because anyone could take it and have all your info.
- Two-step verification is a must if accounts offer it. This will make you or anyone else go through two different steps of verification to access your account – much like Facebook when you login. You have to login and then tell which computer you're logging in from, then it texts you. By doing this it will keep your account safe.
- Post with respect: photos are a great way to share wonderful experiences. If you’re posting a photo of you and your friends, put yourself in your friends’ shoes and ask would your friends want that photo to be public to everyone. If yes, then you’re uploading photos with respect.
- Comment with kindness: compliments are like smiles, they’re contagious. When you comment on a profile, share a kind word, others will too.
- Update with empathy: sharing updates lets us tell people what we think. When you give an opinion on your status updates, show empathy towards your friends and help them see the world with understanding eyes.
Bullying has always been a problem among adolescents and, sadly, so has suicide. In the few known cases of suicide after cyberbullying, there are other contributing factors.
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How could we live without the Internet?
First rule of smart surfing? Remain as anonymous as possible. That means keeping all private information private. Here are some examples of private information that you should never give out on the Internet:
- full name
- home address
- phone number
- Social Security number
- names of family members
- credit card numbers
Most credible people and companies will never ask for this type of information online. So if someone does, it's a red flag that they may be up to no good.