Helping parents and teachers to empower their children to protect themselves online

FAQ

During our seminars, interviews and surveys we’ve came across several questions about internet safety.

See if your questions are listed below, if it’s not, send us an e-mail and we will be happy to answer it.

A good start is to talk to your friend and let them know that you are there for them. You should also discuss with your friend who their older Chatbudi could be if they do not already have one- it is important that somebody over 18 years old also knows about the cyberbullying.

By being a bystander, in other words, just watching someone being bullied and not doing anything about it, can be seen by the bully as approval of their actions and it may also encourage self-blaming among victims.

The first rule is to be aware and proud of the photos you are taking. Snapchat, besides being a fun and cool app, it’s not 100% safe. The photos can be screenshot and there are even hacks (different apps) to save the snap without the sender being notified. Also, someone can take a picture of your snap with a second phone. So remember to be sure you are taking safe and positive photos.

If anyone else is in your videos you should ensure that you ask their permission before posting online, even if they are just in the background. It’s a matter of privacy and being polite, as they might not want to be in the video. It’s better to be safe than sorry in this case.

A Chatbudi is a person you know who is over the age of 18 and who you can talk to about everything that you are experiencing when you are online.

It is important to have a Chatbudi over the age of 18. It is important to have someone to talk to about the good and the bad things that happen on the internet and someone that you can tell if you are having a problem. If your problem needs the help of someone technical, then they should be able to help you find someone else who could help with this.

A Chatbudi should be someone in the real world so that you can tell them about everything good and bad that happens online.

If you are allowed by whoever is at home to play against strangers online then it is usually OK to play against them on game’s consoles. However, you should only talk to people online who you have met in the real world first.

The first thing you should do is stop whatever you are doing online, you should block the person who has messaged you and you should most importantly, tell an adult you trust about what has happened. This person could be your parent or your Chatbudi.

The most important thing to remember is that you should behave the same way you do in the real world as you do in the virtual world, when you are online. If you don’t talk to strangers in the real world, then you shouldn’t talk to them when you are online either. It is a good idea to talk to your parents or another adult who you know and trust about this too.

Yes, selfies are great, as long as you are proud of what you send.

You should make sure you are proud of your snapchat selfies as they can be screenshot and there are hacks to save the picture without the sender being notified (Using another phone to take a picture of a snapchat message).

Any selfie posted online or sent via devices should be posted/ sent with care- no identifying information should be posted or sent. This is because when you send a selfie you lose control of the picture.

Private: Only those you invite can view the video, up to a maximum of 50 people.
Unlisted: Others must be given the link to view the video.
Public: Default Setting: Anybody can view the video.

Comments on your new videos: Refers to all videos uploaded from now.
Comments on your channel: Refers to all videos you have uploaded to your channel.
Allow all comments: Anybody who can view your video can also comment.
Hold all comments for review: Comments will not be displayed under your video until you manually approve them.
Disable comments: Nobody will be able to comment under your videos.

No, it does not 100% work every time, but will block out most inappropriate content if it is flagged as inappropriate by others.

Yes, even private posting creates a digital footprint.

Possibly, but not nearly as easily. If there is an identifying landmark, road sign, school crest in your photo or the background of your photo, this can give away clues to your location.

In this case your photo will not be added to the photo map (which allows people to see other people’s photos that are nearby), however, if someone does come across your photo, your location can still be tagged and GPS coordinates available.

If reported inappropriate, the photo will be reviewed by Instagram and if they decide it is inappropriate, it not appear on the news feed of other account holders who are under 18 years.

Yes, but for whatever amount of time it was posted until when you came online it was viewable by others.

Reporting: A report is sent to the social media site regarding that user. You can still see each other’s content- it is not the same as blocking! This action is reversible.
Blocking: This stops you and another user from seeing each other’s content. No report is sent to Instagram about that user. This action is reversible.

If you are allowed by whoever is at home to play against strangers online then it is usually OK to play against them on game’s consoles. However, you should only talk to people online who you have met in the real world first.

The first thing you should do is stop whatever you are doing online, you should block the person who has messaged you and you should most importantly, tell an adult you trust about what has happened. This person could be your parent or your Chatbudi.

No, once you set up the safety settings for an account, they will stay until the settings are disabled.

Yes, you will have to go into each of the kid’s individual gmail accounts to set up YouTube safety settings. However, once you do so, on one device when they sign into their account on another device, these safety settings will still exist.

Although twitter does have the option to upload a photo as or alongside a tweet, its aim is for short messages to be posted. However, Instagram’s focus is on the photo.
Also on twitter people can retweet your posts and photos- but not on Instagram.

However, both are similar, both are engaging with your followers via posts. On twitter you might tell your followers what you had for dinner but on Instagram you might show them!

There are 2 options:
1) LAN: You can also play together with friends in the same location or room, if you are all sharing the same modem via Ethernet or via WiFi. Log into Single Player and the click the “esc” button out to the ‘Game Menu’ screen and click ‘Open To LAN’ and then ‘Start LAN World’. Others can then join you if they are playing the same version of Minecraft. They go to ‘Multiplayer’ and the game then searches for local games, they should see a pop up to join your game.

2) Minecraft Realms: is a paid subscription service where you can host a server for friends simply, without having to set up I.P addresses, ports and LAN networks.

Although we recognise that it may be difficult to stop younger kids playing these types of games when older siblings are playing/ other kids they know, however, the severity of the unsuitability of these games should not be underestimated. If you are going to allow your kids to play, doors should be open and headsets should not be used. However, a good idea would be an agreement between parents in a class regarding games like this as if all kids are not allowed to play this game it is easier for them to accept than if just a few children are not allowed.

Over 18’s games can contain inappropriate material such as bad language and content relating to pornography, prostitution, drugs, alcohol, violence etc. that are rated unsuitable for under 18’s.