The Easy Guide to Socialising Online

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Tips for Socialising Online

Below is a checklist of important things to do when helping children to navigate social networking sites, search engines or online games safely.

  • Look after each other online – talk with your family and friends about how to be cybersafe.
  • Download the Government's Cybersafety Help Button. The Help Button provides internet users, particularly children, with easy online access to cybersafety information and assistance available in Australia.
  • Think before you post! Posting personal information – including photos – may seem harmless but could put people at risk. Once it's online, it's really hard to take down.
  • Keep your passwords secret. To make your password really hard to hack make sure it includes numbers and symbols, and change it often. Visit Stay Smart Online for more information.
  • Smartphones can pinpoint your exact location and publish this online. Think carefully before you check in and tell the world where you are. Learn more at Cybersmart's Geolocaters page.
  • Check if the site has an age limit or rating. Some have age limits to protect you from inappropriate content. Parents can check out Cybersmart's infographic for handy tips on pre-teens that want to join social networking sites.
  • Use the Cybersafety Help Button to report cyberbullying and inappropriate content directly to social media sites, the ACMA or the Australian Federal Police.
  • Use the privacy settings to control who can see your personal information. You can also use a site's settings to block users who make you feel uncomfortable.
  • There is no such thing as safe sexting. You could be breaking the law if you send, receive or forward these types of pictures. Learn more at Cybersmart's Sexting page.
  • Tribute pages dedicated to the memory of a friend or loved one need to be carefully monitored – it can be very upsetting if people make disrespectful or offensive comments on these pages. Carefully manage your page permissions to control who can access and post to the page.