Social media safety tips

March 2, 2017

Safety tips for women using social media

Via eSafetyWomen, an initiative of the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner forms part of the Australian Government’s Women’s Safety Package to Stop the Violence.

Check the privacy settings for each of your accounts, and make sure they are all set to private. Our quick guides show you how to make sure only ‘Friends’ or ‘Followers’ you have accepted can see your posts, including photos and videos. Be sure to do this for any children’s accounts as well.

Keep personal details such as your address, email address, phone number and birthdate private.

Be mindful that ‘Friends’ or ‘Followers’ may take screenshots of your posts, or save photos and videos and share them with others. Don’t post anything that may put you in danger, affect your reputation or be used against you or your family.

Be careful how much information is in the photos or videos you share. For instance, could someone find out where you are if you are pictured at a well-known venue or someone’s house?

Be careful who you become friends with online and what you share with them.

Be wary of surveys and competitions. Sometimes they ask for your personal details and you might be tempted to take them if attractive prizes are on offer. Often these scams are linked to identity theft.

Regularly check your settings. Be aware that updates to software can change your privacy settings, making them more public than you would like.

If you don’t want people to know where you are, disable the location services on your device and avoid ‘checking in’ to places and venues. Ask your friends not to check you in to places as well.

If you have a friend who’s at risk of violence or stalking, don’t ‘check in’, ‘tag’ or post anything about them publicly.

Change your settings so others can’t ‘tag’ you or ‘check you’ in without your okay.

Don’t hashtag anything you don’t want to become public. Anything with a hashtag (such as #havingagreattime) is searchable on the internet, depending on your privacy settings.

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