Getting help with concerns about online contact?

Positive and Proactive Behaviours Many online services (such as games and social media) have settings that can be used to manage contact from other users. These include privacy settings, block/mute settings and reporting tools. Reporting tools can be used to make a service aware of users who are behaving inappropriately. This includes any contact from […]

Online friendships?

Trust and Critical Reasoning Communicating with others online can allow children to connect with other people who may share similar interests and views, and this can be very positive and beneficial. Children may consider some of their online-only contacts to be friends. Children may also use online services to manage and build their friendships with […]

Trusting others online?

Trust and Critical Reasoning It is often said that trust is earned rather than given. However, on the internet this is not always true. Communicating with someone online for a long time and feeling that you know more about them does not make them more trustworthy; someone you only know online may be untruthful about […]

Communicating with strangers?

Trust and Critical Reasoning Children may seek out connections with new people online with a view to making new friends or finding people who share similar interests or views as them. This can be especially important for children who find it difficult to connect with others offline; the broad range of online groups and communities […]

Sharing personal data with others?

Personal Data Personal data is any information about you that may help to identify who you are. Examples of personal data include your name, your date of birth, home address, your usernames and passwords. Other data may be collected by an app or device such as the time you spend online or the location from […]

Online identity?

Reputation and Identity Personal Data Games, apps and social media offer both children and adults freedom to present and express themselves in different ways online. A child may present themselves differently on different online services. For example, on some games and apps they may represent themselves with an avatar or character. This avatar may resemble […]

Online reputation?

Reputation and Identity An online reputation is what other people think about you. It is shaped by your digital footprints; the content you create, post and share and the nature of interactions you have with others. It also includes the content that others have created, posted and shared of you or about you. Some of […]