National eSmart Week is a week where schools and public libraries come together to promote the smart, safe and responsible use of digital technology. We would like to share a few tips to help our community stay safe online.
eSmart Week Tip 1: Choose Consciously
Your digital reputation is defined by your behaviours in the online environment and by the content you post about yourself and others. The eSafety Commissioner suggests you choose consciously to make well informed decisions about who you share information with and how you engage with others.
When you are online make a decision to:
- choose privacy and security settings carefully and check them regularly
- choose friends wisely online — not everybody online is who they claim to be, regularly review your connections and remove people
- if you have made a mistake apologise and take down offensive material as soon as possible
- ask for permission before uploading pictures of your friends.
Dive deeper here
eSmart Week Tip 2: Settings Check
Take the time this week to check the settings of your social media accounts.
Consider the following setting changes/updates:
- Changing passwords if they have not been changed in the last year
- Checking to see if your account is private
- Refresh your list of following
- Activate two stage authentication
- Story sharing is not ticked – people are not allowed to share your stories
- Turn off activity status (less chance of disruption during study times)
eSmart Week Tip 3: Sharing Images Safely
Sharing photos — even silly photos with friends — can be lots of fun but it’s important to consider your safety and others’ right of consent for their image to be posted before you do.
Some questions to ask yourself before you share a photo with friends online:
- Public vs private – does the photo share too much personal information?
- Community guidelines – does the photo meet the site’s community guidelines?
- Safety – is it safe to send the photo now and into the future if things change?
- Consent – do I feel ok about sending the photo?
When someone asks you to share a photo of yourself, you can always say no. If a friend or stranger keeps asking you for your photo, talk to someone about what’s happening. If someone asks you to send a photo of yourself that makes you feel uncomfortable this isn’t safe, and you should tell a trusted adult straight away.
eSmart Week Tip 4: Social Engineering
Social engineering is a type of manipulation that coaxes someone into giving up personal information. This violation of privacy typically takes advantage of human emotions, trust or habit in order to convince individuals to take action such as clicking a link, sharing a photo or password and may appear to originate from friends or family. The Office of the Esafety Commissioner offers advice for minimising your exposure to such attempts.
- Set strong passwords and PINs for all devices and accounts – see more information on setting effective passwords
- Use two-factor authentication to secure all online accounts
- Never give out confidential information (even to friends) – this includes passwords and PINs
- Treat unsolicited emails with scepticism
- Review account activity regularly – most social networking sites and apps allow users to see where they’re logged in and what apps or tools are connected.
eSmart Week Tip 5: Need help?
Sometimes situations arise and things happen that can feel overwhelming or are illegal in their nature. Outside the support that you can access at Balcombe Grammar School via your teachers and Wellbeing team, The Office of the eSafety Commissioner can assist you with three key types of reports and outside support services.
You can report: Cyber Bullying, Image Based Abuse, Offensive and Illegal Content.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner also provide access to 24/7 support services to assist children and their families via Kids help Line counselling service for children, Lifeline crisis support and 1800Respect counselling service.
Please access these services here
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