Online Safety

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Online Safety

It is important that you protect your personal information and that the sites you visit are secure and appropriate. Keeping your information safe and secure will limit the risk to yourself and the College online. Here are some risks to be aware of and tips to help you be safe online.

Sextortion and Sexting

Sexting is sending sexually explicit messages, photos, or video via cell phone, computer, or any digital device. Sexting includes photos and videos containing nudity or show or simulated sex acts. It also includes text messages that discuss or propose sex acts. Sextortion occurs when someone threatens to distribute your private and sensitive material if you don’t provide them with images of a sexual nature, sexual favours, or money.

• Sending intimate photos to someone without their consent can be harassment

• Possessing intimate images of someone under 18 years old when you are over 18 years old can be considered child pornography even if sent consensually.
• If someone has intimate photos of you without your consent, contact the police.

Avoiding Scams

Scams nowadays can be very easy to fall for due to their ability to make you respond. It may be an email saying you won a competition you never entered or an offer too good to pass up. Please don’t respond.

• Delete any suspicious emails, texts or facebook messages and be aware of calls from scammers.
• Many scams can be identified by conducting a search of the exact words online.
• Make sure your phone and other devices are secure by being constantly updated and having anti-virus software.
• Don’t send money to someone you don’t know or trust.
• Keep your account details and passwords safe and secure. Never share them online.

Online/Cyber Bullying

It’s illegal to bully or harass someone online. If you do, remember, there will be a record of it. If you are being bullied online:

• Do not respond.
• Save the messages. Screenshot what they said.
• Block and delete them if they continue to harass you and make you uncomfortable. Read the mental health support if it has affected you.

Helpful Tips

• Keep your posts respectful and appropriate. If at that moment, you are intoxicated or emotional it may be best not to post.

• Be aware of what you say on social media or through private messaging. People can screenshot your posts or conversations.

• Make sure your privacy settings for your social media are set so that you can choose who sees your posts. Public profiles on social media can be seen when people search your name on Google.

• Never share passwords. Profiles that look similar to family members can try and get your passwords.

• If you are being harassed online, don’t respond and block the person harassing you.

• Do not take your clothes off in front of a webcam. Do not post or send sexually explicit photos.