Whereas cyber ethics focuses on the ability to act ethically and legally, cyber safety addresses the ability to act in a safe and responsible manner on the internet and in online environments. These behaviors can protect personal information and one’s reputation, and include safe practices to minimize danger – from behavioural-based rather than hardware-/software-based problems.
In cyber safety, you need to consider aspects such as:
- Online predators – people often use cyber space to lure unsuspecting candidates
- Cyber stalking – people can follow and harass you online in the same way it is done offline.
- Online threats and unwanted communications
The internet is not a game – it is real life! Learn how to protect yourself against cyber predators, stalkers and bullies.
Unwanted contact is any type of online communication that you find unpleasant or confronting.
Sometimes you can meet someone or see something online that is unpleasant or makes you feel uncomfortable. This could be communication from someone you met online that starts asking personal questions or sends you photos or material that is upsetting or that you don’t like. It can sometimes be from someone you know.
The contact can come from online people you don’t know or someone you know in person.
How do I deal with it?
- Tell someone you trust, like your mum, dad or another adult.
- Don’t respond and leave the site or chat session.
- Block the contact or remove them from your friends list.
- Don’t open messages from people you don’t know.
- Keep the evidence. This can be useful in finding the person posting unsuitable material.
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