Technology and social media is a major part of everyday life for many people. 91% of people now use the internet at home. 64% of people have a Facebook profile. 28% have been abused online. Remember, if you use social media you should present yourself the same as you would in all public places. Online and off, it’s important to represent yourself as the kind of person you want to be. So what is social media?
Task 1: Answer these questions
Talk about the different types of social media- what can you do on them?
What are the risks?
Task 2: Understanding Cyber-bullying
Cyber-bullying is when a persons sends a hurtful message to someone using technology. Perhaps its a text message, or a post, an email or blog. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and write or do something that may seem hilarious at the time. But remember, what you say can really hurt someone, or come back to haunt you. Think before you post. It only takes a second or two. Ask yourself if you really want to say it. Make sure you don’t mind if your friends, classmates or teachers hear about it later.
Also remember that any information you post might be copied, pasted and distributed in ways that you didn’t intend. Before you post, ask yourself – would I be ok if this content was shared widely at school or with my future employer?
If you ever receive hurtful or abusive messages or posts on your profile page you have options. Depending on how serious the situation is, you can ignore it, ask the person to stop, unfriend or block the person, or tell your parents, a teacher, or another adult you trust.
Task 3: Log in to your social media accounts and set up your privacy settings.
Click on the links below to find out how to do certain things on Facebook. Ask others in the group for help.
Top Tip: Disable options, then open them one by one. Its better to set what you need, rather than start with everything accessible.
Blocking and privacy settings in general are very easy to use on most devices. Below are some step by step guides to block people or set your account to private. However, these can often change and look slightly different for different devices or different forms of social media.
Making the changes usually just involves clicking on the settings icon which often looks like a gear cog or padlock like this:
To block someone on Instagram:
1. Tap their username to go to their profile.
2. Tap (iPhone/iPad) or (Android) in the top right.
3. Tap Block.
To report someone’s account:
1. Go to their profile and click next to their username.
2. Select Report user.
3. Click the type of account you want to report and follow the on-screen instructions.
Task: Go into your social media accounts on your phone or device and set your privacy settings to private/friends and if there is anyone you don’t know, block them.
TOP TIPS FOR SAFE SOCIAL MEDIA
Don’t share your password with anyone.
Only accept friend requests from people you know.
Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers or employer to see.
Be authentic. The real you is better than anything you might pretend to be.
Set your privacy settings, and review them often.
Task 4: Watch the Video about Grooming
Although it’s against the Facebook terms to lie about your name or age, people still do. Anyone can create a fake profile. So that means you can never know who you are communicating with online.
Never give out your personal details online.
Never arrange to meet with a stranger you’ve met online.
If anything makes you feel uncomfortable, report it.