Social Networking

Staying Safe Online

Personal Information & Privacy Settings

Keep email, full name, images, videos, date of birth, address, phone numbers, and other people's information should be kept private. So.... what can be shared publicly.... any information that doesn't give away your location or harm your reputation. When logging in to an app for the first time, be sure to check the privacy settings first. Most apps default to the most generous "open" settings. Here is how to get to your facebook settings on their app and on the instagram app.

How Long Does Information Stay Online?

.... Potentially forever. It can be copied, changed and used elsewhere and may never be completely retrieved from the digital world.

Who Could Potentially See Information Online?
Now? In The Future?

....Parents and family members, teachers, employers, academic institutes - universities and colleges, anyone searching the web

Protecting Your Reputation and Information Online

Make sure your profile does not reveal too much personal information, check your privacy settings on your profile as well as pictures. Pictures should only be shared with friends (friends that you have met in person) and family. When sharing/posting pictures remember to use good judgement. Friends today may not be friends tomorrow.

Location Services

Sharing your location with your friends and adding your location to your photograph, status updates etc can be a great way of sharing the amazing places you have been. However it is important that you have considered who can see your location and that you remember that it will pinpoint that location on a map. Be aware that applications exist that can identify all devices with location services turn on. There may be times that you will want to turn location services off on your phone when you are out and about or unlink this service from your social network accounts.


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Never share passwords with friends!

Students were asked why they share their passwords. Here are the top two answers. 1. Passwords are hard to remember, so it helps to have a friend who can help remember them for you.

2. We like to share.

So here is a cool way to do both!

Every student will receive a slip of paper with the name of a famous person on it (an actor, musician, political or historical figure). The task is to create a password using that person as a mnemonic device while also following five simple rules (parents take note, these rules are for you too!). Every password should:

  1. Include upper and lowercase letters.
  2. Include numbers and symbols.
  3. Be at least eight characters in length.
  4. Contain no personal information.
  5. Use no words found in the dictionary.

Here’s an example of password: Sfttr25UK!!

Hint #1: Female Singer from UK