Online Safety and Best Practices

Online safety and best practices

By engaging in an online community, like , you are potentially exposing yourself to safety risks. Here are some basic tips that we recommend you practice while interacting with people on .

  • Don't share personal information with people you meet on . Personal information means "information that can be used to uniquely identify, contact, or locate a single person or can be used with other sources to uniquely identify a single individual". Here are some examples of personal information:
    • Full name
    • Phone number
    • Bank details
    • Home address
    • Facebook ID or other similar IDs
    • Websites containing information described above or information about your relatives, friends etc.
  • Think twice before you share your email or instant messaging address with people on . The person you shared it with may not be the one he/she claimed to be and his/her intentions may not be fully disclosed.
  • Don't send personal pictures to people you meet on .
  • Be careful when opening files sent from people on . They can be harmful to your computer or it may not be the content that you think it is.
  • We discourage having real-life meetings with people you met on . If you feel safe and still want to do it, you should follow these guidelines:
    • Always consult your parents or a trusted adult before you decide to meet someone. If possible, bring an adult to the encounter.
    • Let people know where you're going and when you'll be back from the encounter.
    • Always arrange the meeting in a very public place like a popular coffee shop, a busy shopping mall, or similar place.
  • If you decide to tell someone your age and/or gender, be honest about it. Being dishonest about your age/gender can lead to awkward, and potentially dangerous situations.
  • Take threats, cyberbullying and other illegal activity seriously! If you feel that someone is threatening, bullying or performing other illegal activities to you, or someone else on - be quick to report this behavior to . If you know or suspect that a criminal act has taken place or may happen, report the case to your local police.