Safeguarding Yourself & Others

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image18168234This section of the course is about taking precautions to ensure your own safety and privacy and that of others. These include content filtering, proxy servers, monitoring and reporting user behaviour and withholding personal information. It is important to use non-trivial usernames and passwords and to restrict the amount of personal information that you reveal online.  People that you encounter online may not be what they appear to be, so you should take steps to confirm their identity, eg: by checking with others who may know them or by using WHOIS to check the ownership of domain names.

You should know that cyberbullying and sextortion is unacceptable and should be reported to the relevant authorities. Cyberbullying and sextortion can take many forms, eg: text messaging, email, instant messaging, comments on social networking sites, videos etc.

If you do encounter anything that concerns or upsets you, you should know when and how to report online safety issues, eg: what types of issues require to be reported and how to report them, particularly using the Click CEOP button and the CEOP website (http://ceop.police.uk/).  You should also know where to get online help and information on e-safety. Useful sources include http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ and http://www.childline.org.uk.

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