I need to know about online shopping

Today’s resource provided by the Australian Communication and Media Authority‘s Cybersmart website, looks at online shopping. The page looks at:

  • Will I get what I paid for
  • Know the basics
  • Protect yourself
Well worth a look for anyone who shops online.

You can access the whole page here.

I need to know about P2P file sharing

Today’s resource provided by the Australian Communication and Media Authority‘s Cybersmart website is information on person to person file sharing. The page looks at:

  • is it legal?
  • know the basics
  • how to protect yourself

 

http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Teens/I%20need%20to%20know%20about/P2P%20file%20sharing.aspx

I need to know about social networking and online friends

Continuing on with the resources provided by the Australian Communication and Media Authority‘s Cybersmart website, the information social networking and online friends is very useful. It includes information on:

  • Are they my friends in real life too?
  • Know the basics of safe social networking
  • Meeting online friends in the real world – do you really know who you’re meeting?
Well worth checking out. Read the whole post here.

http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Teens/I%20need%20to%20know%20about/Social%20networking%20and%20online%20friends.aspx

I need to know about online gaming

Another resource provided by the Australian Communication and Media Authority‘s Cybersmart website is about online gaming. Covering both video games and gambling, this resource includes information on

  • knowing the basics and
  • protecting yourself

Read the whole post here.

I need to know about location based services

Continuing on with the resources provided by the Australian Communication and Media Authority‘s Cybersmart website, the information on location based services is must read information for everyone with a smart phone.

Smartphones have a built-in feature called geolocators that can pinpoint your exact location. This data is often published online through social networking sites, or used by location-based services such as maps, public transport apps, retail services and so on. It can also be embedded in images you take with your smartphone camera. Sometimes, you might want to think twice before you check in and tell the world where you are.

For more information, click here.

How do I deal with unwanted contact?

Today the Australian Communications and Media Authority‘s Cybersmart website is looking at how to deal with unwanted contact online. Advice includes:

  • Don’t respond and leave the site or chat session.
  • Report it to an adult that you trust or to the police, if there is a threat to your safety
  • Block the contact or remove them from your friends list.
  • Change your profile settings so that your personal details are kept private.
  • Don’t open messages from people you don’t know.
  • Keep the evidence. This can be useful in tracking the person posting unsuitable material.
  • Contact your ISP and/or phone provider, or the website administrator, there are actions they can take to help.

See more here.

How do I deal with trolling?

Today’s focus is the Australian Communications and Media Authority‘s Cybersmart website is trolling. Wikipedia defines a troll as

 a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,[1] by posting inflammatory,[2]extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally[3][4] or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[5]

Cybersmart advises people having difficulties with trolls to:

  1. Ingore
  2. Block
  3. Report
  4. Talk to family and/or friends
  5. Assist friends if they’re having the same problems.

Read more here.

How do I deal with offensive or illegal content

This time the Australian Communications and Media Authority‘s Cybersmart website is looking at how teenagers can deal with offensive or illegal content found online.

  • Know how to ‘escape ’ – hit control-alt-delete if the site will not allow you to exit.
  • If you want to talk about a problem with offensive or illegal content, you can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, or visit their website.
  • If you have found material on the internet or your mobile phone that is offensive or you believe may be prohibited you can report it to the ACMA.  – See more here.

Read more here.