If you have teenagers or children who are on Facebook, you may have heard about a new trend called “Hot or Not”. This is where children and teenagers ask their Facebook friends to like their status which would say something on the lines of “Do you want to be in our hot or not video? Like this status and I will upload a video soon”. The person will then make a video and rate each person who has liked their status as either Hot or Not.On the surface this may seem like an innocent way of peers connecting with each other but it’s worth asking whether this could be another form of cyberbullying?...
Looking to Login at Facebook.com? Well before you do take a moment to read our advice to help you stay safe on Facebook. There are lots of safety and privacy controls on Facebook so always use them.
Like all social networking websites, Facebook is only as good as the people using it so you might come across things which are upsetting, illegal or offensive in other ways.
If you're under 13 then Facebook's rules say you can't use the site and if you're older, Facebook warns parents they should think about supervision. After all,...
Bullying UK receives numerous complaints about bullying with mobile phones which has led to the suicide of a teenage girl from Liverpool and which causes misery to those on the receiving end.
We've also come across instances where abusive mobile phone text messages have been sent through websites using the names and phone numbers of people who had nothing to do with the message but who were blamed for it.
- Silent calls
- Insulting and threatening texts
- Abusive verbal messages
- Stolen identity
Cyberstalking is frightening and illegal and the people who do it are not...
When you're feeling lonely because the bullies have taken your friends away, you might think of looking in an internet chatroom to find some new ones.
The internet is great fun but it does have dangers and Bullying UK wants you to be safe.
When you join a chatroom you'll find people are very friendly but how do you know that John aged 14 who wants to be your new best friend really is a teenager and not Frank aged 57?
People can pretend to be your age You don't know - nobody does - and unfortunately there have been cases where adults have pretended to be...
Websites like Facebook, Bebo, YouTube, MySpace, instant messaging on MSN and gaming forums can be great fun!
What do you do when things go wrong? Cyber bullying is rife on the internet and most young people will experience it at some time.
Bullying UK gets panic-stricken emails from young people and parents who are upset and angry about abusive and false postings made on these websites.
But there is lots you can do to protect yourself in the first place and to get abusive material removed quickly when you see it. Our new sections on Facebook, Bebo,...
Twitter is the hottest social network around, used by many celebrities to keep in touch with fans and by citizens all over the world to break news stories or just say what they are up to at any given moment.
While Twitter has been great at helping people communicate quickly and in a very open manner, it's not without its problems. Always follow the usual rules of cyber safety and in addition here are some Twitter specific safety tips.
Twitter Safety Tips
- Never give out your real address, or any personal details - Remember on Twitter everything you say can be open to the world;
- Never give out your password - Also be extra careful when you sign into Twitter through other websites. (Some are...
Twitter is popular with everyone but due to the very open nature of Twitter younger users should take extra caution. Remember everything you post to Twitter with an open profile can be seen by anyone in the world and is very easy to search for.
We suggest you put your Twitter profile into PRIVATE mode as this will stop the world seeing your updates.
Login at Twitter.com and go to SETTINGS. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Protect my tweets". Click save.
If you would like someone to see your update you will have to FOLLOW each other, if another Twitter user follows you they can't see your updates until you follow back. This gives you control over who gets to see what you are up to.
Bebo is a fun place to hang out but there are ways to make sure you don't run into trouble.
You're supposed to be aged over 13 to have a Bebo account and like other social networking websites you are not supposed to upload anything which is abusive towards anyone else and you mustn't harass them through the website. If you EVER come across anything on the internet, whether it's on a social networking website or anywhere else, where people are making suggestions to you that make you feel uncomfortable or upset, please tell your parents or another adult.
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) investigates cases of sex abuse and grooming on the internet. Grooming is...
You are supposed to be aged 13+ to have a MySpace account. MySpace says it takes extra precautions to protect younger users.
My Space has helpful videos which are a good place to start. Unfortunately nothing else in their safety section was working at the time we last looked at it. We reported this to MySpace and we'll provide a link to it when they get back to us to tell us it's working. If you EVER come across anything on the internet, whether it's on a social networking website or anywhere else, where people are making suggestions to you that make you feel uncomfortable or upset, please tell your parents or another adult. CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) investigates...
There are parts of the world where internet cafes are busy churning out scam emails promising untold riches to the gullible person on the receiving end of an irresistible offer.
As we all know, people are not who they seem on the internet, so keep your personal data secret and don't reply because then they know your email address is active and you're likely to be targeted by more fraudsters.
The 419 email Originating largely from Nigeria, The Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe and Malaysia, they beg the recipient for help to transfer millions of dollars into a foreign bank account, on the promise of a large share of a non-existent fortune which has been languishing...
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