Online Safety - Personal Safety
What is Personal Information?
Personal information is any information which identifies an individual. It is used responsibly by several online businesses and websites. However, if it is not managed carefully and in a secure environment this online information can pose a threat to an individual.
Online personal Information can also impact an individual's digital or online reputation. Any online user that records their personal information to web pages has a digital reputation. That reputation is the opinion other viewers hold about the user. Students should aspire to have a positive online reputation. Students should be made aware of their digital reputation they are creating when interacting online. Students should understand that information shared online can be permanent. All online activity by an individual is referred to as an individual's digital footprint.
Safe Practices for Online Personal Information:
- Be aware of where you enter personal data online
- Set secure passwords with at least eight characters and a mixture of numbers, letters, and characters when available
- Protect all passwords from others
- Do not post personal information which might identify the user (complete name, address, phone number, personal characteristics etc.)
- Set screen names that do not reveal information about yourself
The three main risks are:
- Inappropriate Contact -Teach kids how to recognize and protect themselves against contact with cyber-bullies, hackers, phishers, and predators. People aren't always who they say they are. The Internet is a place to enhance existing relationships, not a place to meet new people.
- Inappropriate Content - This includes both content that is viewed and content that is uploaded by kids. Help kids understand that the Internet is forever: everything they post online is tracked and stored and will follow them to future job interviews and college entrance interviews.
- Inappropriate Conduct - Because the web environment can feel anonymous, some youth become dis-inhibited . Teach kids that the Internet is a public forum: anonymity is a myth. Help them be the good person online that they are when they're offline.
Information from: http://www.cybersmart.gov.au