Lesley told us lots of different ways to make sure we stay safe when we are online. She reminded us that you should never have a password that involves your name, pet’s name, birthdate or anything that is easy to guess. Did you know that the top three passwords in 2012 were:
These passwords are way too easy to guess. Last year the most popular password for primary school girls was ‘One Direction’. If you want to use One Direction as your password you should change it to something like ‘1Dyrec!shun’ so it is hard for someone else to guess. Strong passwords should have a combination of capital and lower case letters, numbers and dots or dashes. Remember to keep your password safe and don’t tell anyone your password or ask to know anyone else’s password.
It is also important to only play games and use apps that are suited for your age range. Some primary school kids are on Facebook but hardly any are 13 years old and that is the age that you have to be to use Facebook legally. It’s also important not to check in online because it shows that you are not home so burglars can rob your house. Your Mum and Dad won’t be too happy about that!
Lesley also taught us how to spot scams. If it is something that you have signed up for and they send you a ‘Hi There’ email instead of using your name, it could be a scam. Delete it.
It’s also important not to become friends with people online if you haven’t met them in real life. Lesley told us a story about a man who pretended to be a 16 year old boy. Some of us play games online where we talk to people. If you do, never say your surname, where you live, mobile number, school, birthdate or any other information which could give your identity away. That is all secret information. If someone says LMIRL it means Let’s Meet in Real Life and you have to say NO!
In our next post we will be talking about what to do if someone sends you something mean or you see something inappropriate online.
What is your number 1 tip for being safe online?