While social media sites and apps have normalised the sharing of content and personal information online, we need to be careful about what we are seeing and sharing.
Sometimes we can be exposed to harmful or inappropriate content that makes us feel sad or angry. People might post things online that you find upsetting or disturbing. Just remember, not everything you see online will be real.
Everyone deserves to feel happy and in control when using social media.
Check your privacy, safety and location settings.
Carefully consider what information is available to others in your posts, who is in your follower list, and what restrictions you have in place. Consider restricting comments, messages, or certain words. Find out more about privacy and safety settings.
Use blocking and reporting features.
Think about who you follow.
Think about who you’re talking to.
Think before you post.
Avoid posting or sharing anything you wouldn’t want your parents, carers, friends, teachers or future employers seeing. Once you post something, including sharing nudes, then you can easily lose control of it, especially if someone else screenshots or shares it. Find out about sharing nudes.
Think about your health and wellbeing.
Some online behaviour can become a roadblock to other health promoting activities. Know how to create boundaries and keep your own wellbeing a priority. Find out more about positive digital habits to practice.
Get support and report
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If you are worried or concerned about something, please make sure you speak to an adult you trust.
You can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it’s better out than in. They’re here to support you.