Protect yourself from “Cyberbullying”!
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 messaging). While any age group is vulnerable, teenagers and young adults are common victims, and cyber bullying 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 cyber bullying to a trusted adult.
Save the evidence of cyberbullying.
Acts immediately, don’t wait to see if the abuse will stop.
Social Network Sites and Awareness Protect yourself when Social Networking!
Social Network Sites (a.k.a Social Networking) – 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 o romantic relationships, while other 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 (e-mail, instant messenger, chat rooms, and forums) that enables 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