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How can we protect ourselves on social media?

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Shamyla
Hey so I thought it would be a good idea to see how you all would protect yourself on social media platforms? How would you protect yourself against things like sexting?
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kitty
I protect myself by ignoring the people that try ti make fun of me and if they send me gross pictures I block them on my phone
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SuperDad
Hi Shamyla, protecting ourselves on social media is becoming more and more important. One of the things I always say is that people should re-read the safety and privacy policies of the actual platform such as Facebook, Twitter or whichever one because they are constantly changing! You can think you know them but realistically they must/do change almost every week. I'd say being up to date with these safety/privacy policies is one of the most useful and important ways to keep safe online.
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CybersmileTeam
Hi all, this a very valuable topic because staying safe online is super important as we all know! In case anybody would like any help or advice on social network safety here is a link to our resources www.cybersmile.org/advice-help/category/social-networks.
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Shamyla
Hey, thanks for all your replies and Kitty that's a great way of making sure you are safe and protected online, blocking is key in trying to eliminate the cyberbullies. Superdad I think you're right, keeping up with the privacy settings is important but unfortunately I know many people on those social networking platforms like Facebook who don't keep up to date with the privacy changes that Facebook make which does leave them open to being targeted by cyberbullies as the pictures they post online although they think 'only friends' can see it, really it has been made open to 'public' due to the changes. In terms of Sexting or even revenge porn which has been making the headlines lately, the only way to stay safe and protected is by not sending explicit images of yourself to someone and by not retaliating as it will only open people up to being targeted and blackmailed by cyberbullies.
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CybersmileTeam
I must quote Shamyla's words of wisdom here and say that the best way to protect yourself when it comes to sexting and revenge porn is not to do it in the first place! Value yourself so highly that nobody would even consider asking in fear of wasting their time : )
Originally posted by Shamyla
Hey, thanks for all your replies and Kitty that's a great way of making sure you are safe and protected online, blocking is key in trying to eliminate the cyberbullies. Superdad I think you're right, keeping up with the privacy settings is important but unfortunately I know many people on those social networking platforms like Facebook who don't keep up to date with the privacy changes that Facebook make which does leave them open to being targeted by cyberbullies as the pictures they post online although they think 'only friends' can see it, really it has been made open to 'public' due to the changes. In terms of Sexting or even revenge porn which has been making the headlines lately, the only way to stay safe and protected is by not sending explicit images of yourself to someone and by not retaliating as it will only open people up to being targeted and blackmailed by cyberbullies.
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Shamyla
A lot of it has to do with people's self-esteem and self-confidence that they hold, I think if people saw how truly great and wonderful they really are, things like sexting or revenge porn wouldn't exist. However this is where the #positivity comes in and the positivity shrine as it reminds people to remember the positives about themselves instead of the negatives =)
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Suzanne
I'd protect myself by being up to date with the privacy and security settings but also I'd prepare myself emotionally....I'd say to myself 'ok, you're going to be using social media platforms which contain all sorts of weird and wacky users. Some of these will be lovely but lots will be vile too. Don't listen to the vile ones because if they dont know you personally then don't take it personally!' Although we shouldn't need to, I don't think that preparing to rationalise negativity and abuse online goes some way to softening its effects.
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CybersmileTeam

In reply to Suzanne

Excellent advice Suzanne, preparing yourself emotionally for the reality of online gaming can help with the "shock" of the type of abuse you receive and in turn, this helps you think clearly when dealing with it.