Breakaway Group attended a Training Course on Safety this past weekend – particularly relating to computer use.
There were important reminders for us all…
- Using longer passwords that nobody else could easily guess. Apparently the most common passwords are usually pet names! We were encouraged to use a combination of letters, numbers, Capitals, and symbols. We were also prompted to change our passwords regularly and log out when leaving the pc.
- We discussed what sort of information is appropriate for social networking sites and the fact that what seems funny today might not seem so funny when we want to appear more serious. We were reminded not to give too much personal information.
- We considered how many of the people we have on Facebook as friends really are friends, rather than people we know a little bit, or used to know or are actually strangers that because have been on the friends list for a while so we assume they are ok.
- We spoke about how people can tell untruths or exaggerate the truth, so we need to be a bit wary of others we do not know well.
- We all agreed that we would probably not meet up with someone we met online, but if we did it would be with our parent/carer agreement and knowledge, and would not be alone.. we would take someone with us and meet in a public place.
- We now have a few more tips on how to spot a scam and what we should do if someone tries or succeeds in scamming us. The best policy is to tell someone rather than feel embarrassed and ignore it.
- We discussed bullying by text/email/social networking and how this can sometimes feel worse than face-to-face bullying. We discussed why people might do it and why we shouldn’t do it or ignore it if we know it is happening to somebody else.
This was a useful session and focussed on the positives of the internet and technology whilst reminding us to be careful. Hopefully the young people have gone away and passed on the useful information they have received to others.