15 tips to help protect yourself online
If you work with children and young people, you must help them stay safe online but how should you manage your own online safety? These tips will help:
- Think before you post
- Be aware of what others can see about you
- Search for your name online to check your own digital footprint
- Make sure you use appropriate profile pictures and usernames
- Act according to the policy and procedures of your organisation
- Make sure any social networking accounts you have are secure.
- Use privacy settings to take control of your content
- Keep your location private
- Do not accept friendship requests from the young people you work with or have worked with
- Make sure you log out of accounts and/or lock devices
- Password or passcode protect all devices (both professional and personal)
- Model good behaviour
- Consider online risk
- Use appropriate methods of contacting pupils and families
- Ensure devices are secure
If you work in a school, you are advised to use a different name or variation of your name.
Online Safety training course
This information was taken from our Online Safety training course which will help you understand how technology is changing, the nature of children and young people’s online world, and the risk and protective factors when going online.
The course has a wide range of practical advice on what can be done by you as an individual and by any organisation you work for. The course was written in partnership with Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
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