TIPS FOR STUDENTS (and all online users!)
The online world is a wonderful, exciting and sometimes scary place to be. Here are some basic tips to help you navigate the worldwide web..
How do I know what I SHOULD SAY or DO online?
- If you wouldn’t say it (or do it) in front of your parents, or future bosses, partners, children or grandchildren, don’t say it or do it online! Ask yourself: what does my digital footprint (the online information left behind each time you are active online) say about me?
Always USE PASSCODES on phone and social media – and don’t share your passcode/passwords
UNDERSTAND YOUR APPS
- do you know who can see what you share, how to block and report? (see tips below)
- how do I tell if an app is potentially dangerous? Never use an app that allows anonymous use, encourages negative interaction, or shares your location too readily.
Know how to SCREENSHOT – online bullying is actually incredibly easy to get proof of:
- for iphones: press HOME & ON-OFF button at same time (works for some androids too)
- for android: hold down power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds, until a screen appears, then tap ‘Take Screenshot’.
BLOCK and REPORT online abuse (see links below)
DON’T try to ‘handle it’ on your own
- If you are having problems, go to an adult (parent, teacher, friend) you trust to share any bullying activity with.
REACH OUT: If you feel there is no-one you can talk to, contact:
REMEMBER… there is a world (and friendships) outside the internet
- Get involved in extracurricular activities (like sport, etc) to keep a good, healthy balance* in your life.
If you see OTHERS being harrassed or cyberbullied:
- Get someone to help you report it (links below on this page)
- Don’t forward or share it
- Don’t take part in it
- Leave the group or conversation
- Say something kind or positive to the person being cyberbullied
- If it’s safe, take a stand against it and ask the bully to stop
- If it’s safe, let the bully know that what they’re doing is NOT okay
- Talk privately to the person being cyberbullied – are they okay, do they need help?
SOCIAL MEDIA APPS (how to check privacy settings, block bullies and report abuse)
- PRIVACY SETTINGS for Facebook
- BLOCK (on Facebook app):
- click on three horizontal lines, bottom right corner
- scroll down to PRIVACY SHORTCUTS
- select ADD to BLOCKED LIST
- Click and type the name of the person you want to block
- select and click BLOCK.
- FACEBOOK BULLYING HUB
- REPORT BULLYING ON Facebook
- BLOCK ON MESSENGER:
- Select the user you want to block from messaging you
- Select the cog wheel near their name
- Select ‘Block messages’
- REPORT BULLYING ON MESSENGER
- PRIVACY SETTINGS on Twitter
- BLOCK on Twitter:
- Open the app and select the twitter handle of the person you want to block
- Select the cog wheel on the profile
- Select Block.
- REPORT BULLYING on Twitter
- PRIVACY SETTINGS for Instagram
- BLOCK on Instagram:
- Tap username of the person you want to block
- go to profile and click on 3 dots at top right
- Select BLOCK.
- REPORT BULLYING on Instagram
- PRIVACY SETTINGS on Snapchat
- BLOCK on Snapchat:
- Go to your friends list and tap the name of the offender
- Hit the gear icon that appears next to their name
- Select ‘Block’ to stop receiving Snapchats or ‘Delete’ if you want to remove them from contacts.
- REPORT SNAPCHAT BULLYING
- TURN ON GHOST MODE on Snapchat (hides location of user):
- Open Snap Map from Snapchat home screen (pinch fingers from the outside of frame toward middle)
- Press the COG icon in the upper right corner (across from “Search” bar)
- Select “Ghost Mode”.
• MESSENGER KIDS – info
BEFORE YOU GO…
- Do you know HOW MUCH TIME* are you spending online? You might be surprised!
- Check your usage with the Moment app (ios) or Quality Time (android)
- CONTROL the distraction (for life and sleep)!
Sources: www.kidshelponline.com.au, app help pages, and https://www.ruralresources.com.au