The government-run Cybersmart education program
says that it’s important that families talk about how to be a good cyber
citizen.As it’s Cyber Security
Awareness Week this is a great time to have a talk with your kids about what
they shouldn’t do online…
post your name, age, address or the school you attend.
post about a night out or a holiday you or your family are taking – thieves
will know your house is empty.
post about a party you’re going to, and especially not the address of the
if you don’t share where you are, your photos could reveal it.Most smartphones automatically ‘geo-tag’ the
precise latitude and longitude of where each picture was taken.Burglars or stalkers can then extract this
data and, using Google Earth, get a street view or address.Even though Facebook and Twitter strip these
geo-tags from photos, they remain embedded in images uploaded through third
·Remember:your own Facebook page is a public space, and
some online behaviours are not just unacceptable, but could even be criminal.
post derogatory comments about individuals or groups – they can be considered
as inciting hatred.
post comments encouraging violent activity against people or organisations.
post abusive comments or unwanted images on someone else’s page.Deliberately causing offence with comments or
images is a crime.
twice about posting negative comments, particularly unsubstantiated ones, about
a company’s products or services.The
company may be able to take action against you.
of people participating in illegal activities can be used against them in
share private information, images or messages about or from others without
kids if someone blocks them or rejects their friend request on a social media
site, harassing them can be considered stalking.