Facebook & MSN can be fantastic online tools for staying in touch with friends. However they can also make it very easy for other people to get hold of important information about you. Below are some instructions to help you check your Privacy on Facebook and MSN. Before we get to that though – here are some important things to remember:
People are not “friends” on Facebook or MSN unless they are also “friends” in real life. Don’t share anything about yourself unless you really, truly, hand-on-heart know who you are talking to – and you trust them.
Make sure your password is hard to guess and has a mix of letters and numbers in it. If someone guesses your password they can hack into your accounts.
Turn off your webcam and microphone when you’ve finished a conversation – otherwise your contacts can record you talking, videos and pictures of you.
If anything online makes you uncomfortable – report it. You can download easy CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) buttons for most browsers here.
If you use MSN you should check your privacy settings. Here’s how:
This takes you on to the internet and logs you onto Windows Live online.
This video shows how to check and change Privacy settings on Facebook. This is important as many applications (such as MSN and on various mobile phones) allow you to import all your contacts and settings from Facebook.
Internet Safety is an important topic. This page is intended to help parents find out more. The presentation below from CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) is a good introduction for parents on the issues and how you can help keep your children safe online.
CEOP have created tools that can be downloaded for major internet browsers so you can report any problems or concerns immediately.
We will be adding more to this page soon – please leave a comment if there is anything you would like to know.