Cyber Safety Tips for Students

imac-apple-mockup-app-38544THE PLYMOUTH COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE OFFERS PRESENTATIONS TO STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS ON CYBER SENSE.  PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.


Avoid the Dangers of Social Media Sites

  • Be Aware,   Social Media Sites are never 100% secure.
  • Social Media provides an easy way for a stranger to contact you or find out vital information about you.
  • If privacy settings are not set on your social media accounts, anyone could watch you while you are online.

Protect Yourself while using Social Media Sites

  • Be sure to set your privacy settings.
  • Allow only people you know to “follow” you; or to be on your “friends” list.
  • If you receive a request or invitation from someone not on your list of “followers” or your “friends” list, and they are a stranger to you- block them from contacting you.
  • Be sure that you do not provide any personal information about you or your family in your profile.

Follow the Rules

It is illegal:

  • to threaten people over the Internet or phone.
  • to send graphic photos to people under the age of 18.
  • to harass or bully anyone.
  • to use other´s credit cards without their permission.
  • to download music without permission.
  • to use someone else´s identity without their permission.

Protect your Information

  • Do not give out your personal information such as your name, address, phone number, photo, birthdate, or social security number.
  • Use extreme caution when creating your profile.
  • Protect your password from others, even your friends.  Giving them your password is like giving them the keys to your house.
  • Beware of free offers and surveys.

Answers

  • Never respond if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Never say you´re alone.
  • Don´t answer questions, even with lies.

Security

  • Kids and teens should not make online purchases.
  • Use caution when downloading music and games.  Check with your parents and your school before using any file-sharing program.
  • Enable Firewalls.
  • Use Virus Checkers.
  • Install Security updates from your Internet Service Provider.

Strangers

  • On-line “friends” are still strangers.
  • Meetings are forbidden.
  • People on the Internet may have many identities.

Cyberbullying

  • Cyberbullying is the computer version of bullying.  It is the sending or posting of harmful or cruel text or images over the Internet, or through other methods of communication.
  • A cyberbully is a bully that chooses to use the Internet for purposes of bullying or harassing others.   This bully may be someone a student knows, or a stranger on the Internet.
  • A cyberbully is usually under the misconception that their identity is anonymous, thus empowering them to bully, harass, or transmit pictures across the Internet or Social Media sites.  What they don´t realize, is that every time they send a message, they are creating cyber-footprints which can be traced to their IP address.
  • Cyberbullying is against the law.
  • If you or someone you know is a victim of cyberbullying, tell a responsible adult immediately.  They will contact the proper authority to put an end to the cyberbullying.

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Cyber Safety Tips for Students