During our seminars, interviews and surveys we’ve come 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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