Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Keeping Families Safe on Social Media



It's always a good idea to keep yourself safe on social media so here's some good 
help and advice to make sure your privacy settings are set correctly.
Perhaps a quick safety check idea for all the family, after dinner.
YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO CAREFUL:
Social networking sites are great for keeping in touch with family and friends,
 and letting the world know what you’re up to.
The ‘Online engagement guidelines’ make it clear that we encourage the safe
 and responsible use of social networking sites.
This page contains guidance on how to stay safe and to think about
 what you post online. Remember, that there may be those who use such sites
 for unsavoury reasons.
BE EXTRA CAREFUL IF YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED YOURSELF 
AS BEING A MEMBER OF THE MILITARY OR AN MOD CIVILIAN.
There is a short guide to appropriate social media behaviour for defence personnel.
You can also download the Personal security online (PDF, 1.55MB, 11 pages)
file which contains some more detailed guidance.
SECURITY AND PRIVACY SETTINGS
Whenever you join a social network, you should always look at the privacy
and security settings. Do this frequently as settings are subject to change.
 For example, on Facebook, access to friends only
 (Friends except Acquaintances) is always a good option as means others
(friends of your friends) can't browse your pages, who you potentially don't know.
Each social network deals with privacy and security in different ways,
 and you shouldn’t share information on their service until you know
 where that could end up.
PICTURES AND VIDEOS
Pictures are powerful and often revealing assets that can also pose a risk
 to personal and operational security if placed in the wrong hands.
Whether in a professional or personal capacity, you should always consider
 what information you are revealing through imagery you publish online.
Always consider how the images and videos you publish might be interpreted,
 and what level of information they are displaying. Remember,
unless you have appropriate privacy settings activated,
there is a strong chance your images can be viewed by the wider public.
Consider whether you wish to identify yourself, your colleagues,
 family members or your location, and how you are representing your profession.
There are video clips and lots more information on the GOV.UK website.