Staying Safe Online
The Internet can be an exciting place to be and you can make friends easily. But sometimes, you need to know that online friends may not be real friends. Not everyone is trustworthy online and they could take advantage of you or hurt you.
Be Smart Online
- If you don’t know the person don’t give out personal information about yourself such as your real name, sex, age, address, phone number, school etc.
- When using Facebook, Twitter etc, get your privacy settings configured properly so that you enable those who know you to view your updates.
- Don’t post or send inappropriate pictures of yourself to anyone.
- If your online friend makes inappropriate sexual comments, tell him to stop. If not, report abuse and log out.
- If you choose to meet up with your online friend, take the necessary precautions. Don’t go alone, always meet in a public place and inform someone where you’re going.
- Webcams can be a good thing and a bad thing. It can record you without you knowing it!
- Nothing is truly private – so don’t show anything, do anything or say anything in front of your webcam that you don’t want others to see or hear.
- Don’t locate the webcam anywhere where details of your location or information about yourself can be identified and misused.
Cyber bullying is not only posting or sending nasty messages to others on the Internet and through phones. It also includes stealing someone’s password, trolling, creating websites which insult others, circulating degrading photos, sending malware or porn and spamming. If you’re a victim of cyber bullying, don’t stay silent. Get help from someone you trust or talk to us.
What happens when someone you don’t know calls you up and wants to befriend you? Usually, people like this have ulterior motives. He might trick you to divulge personal information.
- Do not trust unknown callers. What he says or texts over the phone may not be true.
- Do not give out personal details of yourself.This might be used against you or used to stalk you.
- Do not give your handphone number to strangers. A handphone is personal to you. Your privacy is your right.
- Do not give your friend’s handphone number to others without their permission.
Sexting refers to people sending sexually revealing photos of themselves or sexually explicit messages to others. When images or messages meant for private viewing ends up in the public space, the person involved will be humiliated and their reputation, damaged. They could also end up as victims of further bullying when their images are circulated online.
- What you send can always be viewed by more than one person. It can be posted online.
- Don’t forward inappropriate text messages/videos/photos of others. You should not violate their privacy.
- Circulating sexually explicit images is illegal.
What If You're Harassed Online?
- If you are harassed via your phone, keep the messages as proof. Inform the service provider or telco. Change your number or block the caller and finally, lodge a police report if you feel threatened.
- If you are harassed online on social media, report the abuser to the social platform administrator.
- If it is a forum, inform the forum moderator.
- Keep all sexually explicit messages and images as evidence of the harassment. Log out of the platform and lodge a police report.
- Tell your parents or someone you can trust.
- Email the Malaysia Communication & Multimedia Commission [email@example.com] and attach your police report or email the Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team firstname.lastname@example.org (attach your police report) or call 1-300-88-2999 (office hours).
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