The website www.icanbesafeonline.com is very good site for everyone to visit and share with their friends. The site is made for people who are new to the Internet and their support networks (friends, support workers, counselors, family).
It is for anyone who wants to learn more about how to support people that use Facebook or Twitter.
It is also a good website for people who have diversabilities. I found it very useful for a lot of the stuff I shared in my blog. A lot of the stuff I didn’t know and other stuff I already knew.
- I already knew to protect my password but I didn’t know that you have to be very careful about who you give your email address to. This protects you from hackers.
- I already knew that you should not put your password on a sticky note on your computer.
- I also learned that you don’t share your address or phone number or your birth date online.
Protecting your password online or at home:
- Your password is the door to your private life.
- Keeping your password private means that only you hold the key to your social networking profiles for posting information, pictures and stories.
I have had a very scary experience on Facebook. Someone from work added me and then said some bad stuff about me on the Internet so I did the right thing and blocked the person.
I also got a virus on my old computer 2 weeks after I got it and it cost me a lot of money to get it removed. Please be careful about what you open and click on.
The following headings and tips are from the “I can be Safe Online” website. They are all about different issues and I found them all to be very helpful.
- Think before you send a post. I didn’t’ know about this and I learned from it. It is very true.
- Don’t click too quick. I learned this the hard way when I got that virus on my first laptop. Be careful with what you open.
- It’s okay to say no. I am still having a hard time with this one. I am still learning to be assertive. Think twice before adding some who you don’t know. If you don’t know people, then why have them on your twitter or facebook. It might not be safe. The “find a friend” checker is a good idea for people who are new to Facebook or Twitter.
- Don’t let the Internet control your life. I totally agree with that. You need to spend time with friends, make time for yourself to read or listen to music or do what ever you like to do. You don’t need to be on here 24/7. It’s not healthy. Make time for the gym, coffee with friends, time with family, movies out, dinners out. That’s what I do.
- Double check your privacy settings. I do that once a year. Your birthday is a good day to do it, or any other day of the year is also a good idea. That’s what I do, and stick to that date.
These are some other very good tips and examples that I found on the website that everyone should know or use as a reminder once in awhile:
- Before you hit the “Share” button read your post again. Is the information you’re posting something you want to share with everyone?
- Keep private information, private. Once you have posted personal information or pictures on your sites, there is still a record of what you have posted — even if you remove or delete that post, or your entire account.
- Make sure that you are not posting other people’s private information. If they don’t like it, they may do it to you.
- Don’t put a picture of yourself online that you wouldn’t want to show to your mom, dad, teacher or boss.
- Take a moment to make sure the link you are about to click on seems right to you.
- By simply clicking on a link , you may accidentally give people personal information that you really do not want them to know.
- You may also open a site that scares you or offends you.
- People may think that by opening a link, you like the same things they do and that they may invite you into an un-safe place.
- Don’t click on links or images from people you don’t know.
- Don’t trust that pop-up window! It may put a virus on your computer or a friends computer.
- It’s good to”un-friend” or “un-follow” people if they make you feel uncomfortable.
- It’s okay to say “no” to any person who asks to be a friend on your site.
- Saying “no” makes sure you are in control of your online life.
- If you don’t know someone who sends you a friend request, then they are not a friend and you should say “no.”
- The Internet is just one part of your life. Don’t let it take up all of your social time.
- It’s important to spend time with family and friends – if you don’t see them, you may lose them!
- Set time limits on how much time you will spend each day on the Internet and keep to it.
- Ask your friends to respect your decision on how much time you spend on your sites.
- It’s all about being safe! Sometimes we need someone else to keep an eye on our posts to make sure we are being safe online.
- A checker friend may be someone you trust who uses the Internet and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
- A checker friend is someone you can go to if you feel like someone is causing you harm or sending you inappropriate emails or messages.
- A checker friend will make sure that you’re not chatting with someone who may cause you harm or makes either of you feel uncomfortable.
- Add your checker friend to your “friends list” so they can help you make sure you are not giving away too much information.
- Facebook privacy settings are important but it’s not the only website with privacy settings. Other sites like Skype, YouTube and Twitter have privacy settings that you should double check, too.
- Set a reminder for yourself to double check your privacy settings to make sure they are as high as you think they are. Maybe every three months or every season.
How do you stay safe online? Leave a comment below!