Social Networking and Online Friends
What is social networking?
Social networking is communicating online with other people. It can be playing online games, chat, posting messages to friends, posting photos on sites like Twitter, Facebook, Gmail chat, Skype and Youtube.
The good things about social media are that you can meet with friends online, chat with them, play games and know what they are doing.
While there are good points, strangers can sometimes see your posts if you are not careful.
How to be careful on social networking?
- Ask an adult to create your account
- Never use your real name
- Don’t post personal things
- Don’t tell people your password
- Check with parents first if you want to meet with someone who you know online
- Treat people the way you wanted to be treated, don’t say bad words or bad posts
- Use websites that are hacker safe
The internet is a great place to post picture and videos of yourself or others, but you need to remember that you are always responsible for what you have posted.
The very serious thing is to post something about your friend because if they don’t like it, then it can be hard to remove it from the internet.
How to stay legal online:
- You should respect your friends and ask them before you post their picture. Check with your Mum or Dad before posting something.
- You should always read the terms and conditions of a website, you should ask your Mum or Dad to help you know about the website, for example: what will happen to a picture you post on the website?
- You should always be careful when you download something. It can be illegal. You should ask Mum or Dad or you might get a virus. You might also have to pay money if you download something that is illegal to download. For example, a friend of my Dad’s had to pay 1000 Euros because he downloaded a film.
Netiquette (how to behave on the net politely)
Sometimes when people write to you using Instant Messaging (IM), games or wall posts you should be polite to them. You should always treat people online like you want to be treated. You should be polite online just as you are in real life, because people online are real people too.
You should always:
- Treat others the way you want to be treated.
- You should always use good language and not bad language that hurts other people’s feelings.
- Don’t answer when someone says something bad to you online, don’t answer and tell your parents.
If you are online and want to share with your friends’ posts, photos, and video, these may be online forever. You need to think before you post because they can be online forever.
You can manage your digital footprint by:
To keep your photos safe and be anonymous, use a nickname or another name but not your real name.
Always ask your parents if you want to post a picture of yourself online.
You shouldn’t share your username or password with anyone. If you do, they could do things on your account.
You should think before you post because if something is posted you might be not be able to delete it, it can be forever.
You shouldn’t post photos of other people without permission. You should password protect your photos or only share them with friends.
You should be respectful of your friends. For example, if you are playing with your friends and take their photo, you shouldn't post it online.
- There are some things that you need to keep in mind.
- Don't give out other phone numbers with not permission.
- Don't give your phone number or email address to anonymous people.
- If you don't want that your pictures are public, don't put then online.
- Don't send pictures to anonymous people who you don't know. You need to know them in the real world.
- If someone tells you to post pictures of you, don't do it and tell an adult.
- Don't accept offers that are too good to be true. If you accept them, your parents may end up with unexpected high phone bills.
- If you lose your phone, you should tell your parents and your network carrier straight away.
- Keep a password on your phone to protect against hackers. You can also use Bluetooth to disable your phone.
- If you think it has been stolen, you may also inform the police.
- If somebody sends you a bad mail, tell your parents and don't send a bad mail back to them.
Playing Video Games Online
Playing video games online with your friends can be great fun. You need to watch out that you don’t play the games for the whole day and not do homework, read or play outside. You should make a chart to plan when you are allowed to play and when you need to read or do something else.
It’s better to use a made-up name than using your real name because then if you use your real name (such as, Alfred Stovinski) people you are playing with can find your phone number and address.
Not everyone online is the person who you think he is.
Never give out your password or email address, only if he is your friend and you know him personally. Like don’t give it to someone you met on the game, someone you don’t know, they could find your email address and hack your account.
If you don’t know if a game is safe then ask your parents for help.
If another player is behaving badly, you can block or report him.
Don’t scream at other people if you lose because remember it’s only a game and you don’t get any reward for it.
There are many games online that are free and fun to play. But some game cost real money. Most of these games are poker or casino games. You find these games on pop up websites and advertisements. Gambling online is illegal if you are under 18.