01 Feb 2012
Trend Micro Cyber-safety tips for students, parents, teachers, and caregivers:
- Think about what you post. Be cautious about sharing anything personal online, even with people you know or even in a private email or text conversation. The information or conversation could be copied and made public by anyone you share it with, and once it’s on the Internet it’s tough to get it taken down.
- Be nice online. Treat people the way you’d want to be treated. You could increase the chances of making yourself the target of cyberbullying by saying mean or disrespectful things about others online.
- Do not retaliate. If someone says or does something online that makes you uncomfortable, it is best to ignore them or block them altogether. Retaliation can encourage the bully to continue.
- Report bad behaviours to someone you know. If someone continues to cyberbully you (online or through your mobile phone), tell your parents, teacher or other adult that you trust.
- Save the evidence. If the behaviour continues and becomes increasingly extreme, work with your parents or another adult to save the offending messages, pictures or copies of online conversations. More serious forms of cyberbullying should be reported to the police.
- Don’t participate. Even if you aren’t the bully, do not be a participant by simply watching someone else bully another classmate or peer. Stand up for the victim and report it to your parents, teachers, or other adult you trust who may be able to do something about it.
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