Staying safe online
For many people the internet and other new technologies and media are a normal part of life. Sadly, however, it has also given opportunities for criminals and those who might want to harm us. For instance, new crimes have emerged like cyberbullying, stalking on social media and “revenge porn“. If you use IT and / or social media it is important that you understand how to keep yourself safe online and how to use social media like Facebook safely.
There are some simple things you can do to stay safe on-line:
Make sure computers have a standard firewall and use anti-virus protection.
- Never give your password to anyone else
- Change your password regularly
- Use different passwords for different sites.
- Only use secure websites and trusted providers
- If you are booking tickets on the internet, eg for a holiday make sure the company is legitimate
Protecting your children
- Activate child safety features in your internet browser and keep an eye on who they are talking to in chat rooms and on-line
- Make sure you talk about internet safety with your children
Visit get safe on line https://www.getsafeonline.org/
If you are a victim of abuse, you may need to use extra care to keep safe on-line and hide your tracks
For extra tips on keeping children safe:
- Use parental controls to block upsetting or harmful content, control in-app purchases or manage how long your child spends online. They’re really easy to set up, more info about setting controls on mobiles, tablets, home broadband, games consoles, apps, Wifi, films, music and TV.
- Regularly remind your kids not to give out personal information, like their address, phone number, school name or email address. It can be easy to forget with live streaming videos (like youtube) that anyone could be watching, and it’s important not to give away too much imformation about themselves.
- Get to know the games, apps and social media sites they use. Learn how to use them yourself and how their privacy, block and reporting settings work.
- Make sure they know that people aren’t always who they say they are online and that they don’t accept friend requests from people they don’t know (even if the person has mutual friends, it doesn’t mean they can be trusted).
- Talk about the risks of sharing photos online or sending them to others.
- Let them know that you’re listening and want to know if anything at all makes them feel uncomfortable online, no matter what.
Crime Prevention Information
It may be useful to you to have some advice on crime prevention to see what you can do to protect yourself in the future. You can find lots of useful information on local crime prevention by clicking here: https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/crimeprevention
For more help and support on any of the above, please contact Staffordshire Victim Gateway.
7 in 10 people who use our Victim Gateway service are happy with the outcome.