Cyberbullying can range from embarrassing or cruel online posts or digital pictures, to online threats, harassment and negative comments, to stalking through emails, Web pages, text and IM (Instant Messages). While any age group is vulnerable, teenagers and young adults are common victims and cyberbullying is a growing problem in high schools and universities.
What can you do to prevent cyberbullying?
Look for signs of cyberbullying.
Tell friends to stop cyberbullying.
Refuse to pass along cyberbullying messages.
Block communication with cyberbullies.
Report cyberbullying to a trusted adult.
Save the evidence of cyberbullying.
Act immediately; don’t wait to see if the abuse will stop.
Social Network Sites (a.k.a. social networking and sometimes referred to as “friend-of-a-friend” sites) build upon the concept of traditional social networks where you are connected to new people through people you already know. The purpose of the social networking may be purely social, allowing users to establish friendships or romantic relationships, while others may focus on establishing business connections.
Although the features of social networking sites differ, they allow you to provide information about yourself and offer some type of communication mechanism (email, Instant Messenger, chat rooms and forums) that enable you to connect with other users. Popular sites would include Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.
What should I do to keep my privacy secure on social networking sites?
Be selective about who you accept as a friend on a social network.
Be smart about everything you place on a social network site. It is permanent.
Do not share personal or financial information.
Change your privacy settings to limit access. Review them periodically.
Be careful, and only install apps that come from trusted, well-known sites. Malicious apps can steal and misuse personal data.
Be wary of clicking on links posted on people’s walls or public pages. Suspicious, too good to be true links? Do not click on it.
Do not use University resources for credit card transactions