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Is it safe to post content?

Think carefully before you click, submit, post or load any content… comments, blog entries, photos or links.

Does the content you're posting reveal too much, like your phone number, email address, what you look like, or how to find you in real life? Do your photos or videos give too much away?

Would you be happy for your parents or grandparents, teachers or future employers to see the content you post, your comments and photos?


How long will my posts stay online?

Once you post, your content is out there forever. So, will your party shots still be funny in the morning? Or next week? Next year?… Or in 10 years? Would you be happy for your parents to see them? Or some creep who lives up the street? Or in years to come, your own children?

Whatever content you share with friends can be passed on, and be seen by others you don't know. It could also be looked at for years to come. Everything you post online makes up your digital footprint. Your digital footprint is something you have forever, so always think carefully before you send or post.


What are the risks with posting content?

When you post stuff — comments, photos, clips or whatever — other people may copy it, change it, or keep passing it on which means that you lose control of it. You'll never know whose USB or hard drive it could end up being stored on.


What is a blog?

A blog is where people can add comments or ideas about a subject. Some blogs are like personal diaries. A blog can have text, images and links to other blogs. Anyone can create a blog.

Blogs and networking sites are great for sharing ideas and keeping in touch with friends. But, you need to think about who will view your blogs or posts. Remember, other people can copy it and share it round.


What is a social networking site?

Social networking sites are websites where people can gather, meet people, chat, share events, and share content like photos, videos and blogs. Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter are all types of social networking sites.

Online social networking is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, and to make new friends.

But be aware that there's a dark side to online social networking. Sadly some people use social sites just to bully, hassle or embarrass other people. If you're on a moderated site, you can (and should!) report bad or wrong behaviour to the moderator.


Is social networking safe?

To get the most out of social networking sites (like Facebook or MySpace), you will want to share personal information about your life. Social networking sites are a great way to communicate and share your thoughts, photos and videos, and links to favourite webpages.

If you use a social networking site (like Facebook) make sure that you adjust your privacy settings so only your approved friends can see your profile, post to your wall or comment on your photos. It won't ruin your social life because new people can still message you and send you friend requests.


What about sexting?

It's not cool (or funny) to take pics or make clips of friends or yourself being sexual, then post them online or send them out by mobile phone for others to see. And, if the people in the clips are underage, you may be creating child pornography and it could mean you're committing a criminal offence. The legal consequences of doing this can be heavy, even if the people taking the pics or making the clips are underage. If it's serious enough, people can end up going to prison.


Is it safe to post my email address?

Sometimes you may wish to post your email address… for example, on your profile page. It's safest if you disguise your email address, so it can still be read by your friends who might need to know, but can't be picked up by web crawlers.

Use a form like this to write your email address:
your.name [at] email [dot] com [dot] au


What could happen to my information?

Check the privacy agreement or acceptable use of personal information on a site before you start posting. By joining a particular site you may be giving the site permission to pass your email address or personal information, photos or videos on to other sites, or to spammers.


What's a digital footprint?

Everyone online has a digital footprint. Your digital footprint is all the stuff you've ever posted… photos, videos, blogs, comments, tags and so on.

It's fun sharing and networking with friends online. But remember, whatever you share can be passed on, and be seen by others you don't know. It could also be looked at for years to come.

Your digital footprint is something you have forever, so always think carefully before you send or post. Something that's a joke between friends today may not be so funny in 10 years… when you're applying for a job and the employer does a search on you, or in 20 years... when you have children of your own. Think about it!


What is cyberbullying?

Sadly some people use the internet to do wrong things. This includes going online to tease, hassle or bully people with nasty comments, posts and tags. This is called cyberbullying, and it's mean and wrong. In some cases it may also be a treated as a crime, with serious consequences.

Remember, bullying is when one person (or a group) keeps picking on another person again and again to upset or hurt them. They might hurt them physically, try to socially isolate them or say and do many mean or humiliating things to them.

Although it's neither respectful nor acceptable if someone behaves in a mean or aggressive way on one occasion, it isn't bullying. A fight or disagreement between people of equal power or status isn't bullying.


What if someone is cyberbullied?

Many social networking sites and chat rooms are moderated, which means there are responsible adults following what goes on. The moderator can delete messages, and ban people who are cyberbullying. On a moderated site you should report bullying to the moderator. This helps to make the site better for everyone.

If you are being cyberbullied, it's very important that you tell someone about it. Talk to an adult you know and trust in the offline world, because they will be able to help.

Or contact Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. They take calls 24/7, and it's a free call.

Or double-click your Help Button, and follow the links for help.


What if I see something really gross?

It's great that anyone can set up a blog, create a profile on a social site, or develop a website. Online it's easy for people to post their content and share it around. But there is a down side to this.

Sadly some people use the internet to do wrong things, like posting extreme (even prohibited) content that can be gross and upsetting to view.

If you ever see anything on the web that you find upsetting, or get sent something in an email, it's important that you talk about it, and report it. This helps to make the web better for everyone. Talk to an adult you know and trust in the offline world, because they will be able to help.

Or contact Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. They take calls 24/7, and it's a free call.

Or double-click your Help Button, and follow the links to report.


Where else can I get help?

It's a really good idea to install the cybersafety Help Button on your computer at home or school.

The Help Button is free, and it's easy to download (just check first with your parents or teacher). The button icon will sit on your desktop or you can place it on the taskbar. Then, you can just double click it if ever you need help or advice about something that's happened online, or you want to report something you've seen that's gross.

You can use the Help Button to find out more about how to report online threats including cyberbullying, nasty or gross content or people behaving badly on social or game sites, or online scams.

Download the Cybersafety Help button


Where can I find out more about safe posting?

You can find out more about posting safely by clicking any of these links:

Stay Smart Online

Cybersmart

Learn more about protecting your reputation at ThinkUKnow

Download the Cybersafety Help button