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How to Stay Safe Online

Loreto College Guide for Students

  • Think before you post!
    Don’t upload or share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, carers, teachers or future employers seeing. Once you post something, you lose control of it, especially if someone else screenshots or shares it. Be kind!

  • Don’t share personal details
    Keep things like your address, phone number, full name, school and date of birth private, and check what people can see in your privacy settings. Remember that people can use small clues like a school logo in a photo to find out a lot about you.

  • Watch out for phishing and scams
    Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving them information, like your password. Someone might also try to trick you by saying they can make you famous or that they’re from a talent agency. Never click links from emails or messages that ask you to log in or share your details, even if you think they might be genuine. If you’re asked to log into a website, go to the app or site directly instead. Only use websites which have htpps at the beginning of the address, as this shows they are secure.

  • Think about who you are talking to
    There are lots of ways that people might try to trick you into trusting them online. Even if you like and trust someone you’ve met online, NEVER share personal information with them like your full name, address or where you go to school.

  • Never give out your password
    You should NEVER give out your password or log-in information to anyone.

  • Cover your webcam
    Some viruses will let someone access your webcam without you knowing, so make sure you cover your webcam whenever you’re not using it.

  • Keep your device secure
    Make sure that you’re keeping your information and device secure.  Pick strong, easy to remember passwords. Check your privacy settings. Set up two-factor authentication settings, which adds another layer of security. Log out of public or shared devices you have been using. Ask an adult at home to ensure you have anti-virus software installed.

When you post comments or photographs in any online platform such as Instagram,

Snapchat or WhatsApp –

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Is it TRUE?; Is it HELPFUL?; Is it INSPIRING?; Is it NECESSARY?; Is it KIND?

If the answer to any of the questions is 'NO' – DO NOT SEND!