What is E-Safety?


E-safety can cover a wide variety of issues and topics, sometimes more than you'd think!

Click here for our helpful glossary of terms - and what they mean.

Social Networking

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Social Networking

Social networking, or social networks, is what we call sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, and so on.

Each user has their own profile page or identity and can link to other users, their pages and their content - think videos, music, pictures, blog entries, forum discussions, notes... Anyone who you're linked to can see your stuff, and vice versa. All this information together creates a newsfeed - a unique home page where you can scroll down to see what everyone else you've linked to (your "network") is doing.

Of course, different social networks might create or display content in different ways. Some, like Facebook, focus more on connecting with people you know. Others, like Reddit, encourage online communities and work more like forums. It's a good idea to find out how each social network works - how to fix your privacy settings, how to report or block other users, and also how to get along with everyone else!

Find out more about different social networks and how to make them work for you here.


Tagging

A tag is where someone links your name with online content. This could be a photo you appear in, or a video or link, or even a comment on a page. When your name is attached to it, you get a notification or message to say you've been tagged - and you can then view that content. It can appear on your profile, on your news feed - and can sometimes even turn up in search results.

However, while tagging can be great for sharing good stuff and staying connected, if you're tagged in something slightly dodgy or embarrassing, it can be difficult to remove - and lots of people may see it who you'd rather didn't. Like your employer, your family, complete strangers...

If in doubt, it's best to ask before you tag someone, and you can also set your privacy settings on social networks to prevent others tagging you, or choose whether a tagged item appears on your profile.

This short video demonstrates why tagging without permission isn't such a great idea - click here. You can also visit our dedicated page to check out how to set privacy and security settings for many social networks here


Tags

A tag is where someone links your name with online content. This could be a photo you appear in, or a video or link, or even a comment on a page. When your name is attached to it, you get a notification or message to say you've been tagged - and you can then view that content. It can appear on your profile, on your news feed - and can sometimes even turn up in search results.

However, while tagging can be great for sharing good stuff and staying connected, if you're tagged in something slightly dodgy or embarrassing, it can be difficult to remove - and lots of people may see it who you'd rather didn't. Like your employer, your family, complete strangers...

If in doubt, it's best to ask before you tag someone, and you can also set your privacy settings on social networks to prevent others tagging you, or choose whether a tagged item appears on your profile.

This short video demonstrates why tagging without permission isn't such a great idea - click here. You can also visit our dedicated page to check out how to set privacy and security settings for many social networks here.


Tweet

A tweet is the 140 character comment or message that users can post on Twitter. It can be easy to tweet and retweet almost instantly, but it's always a good idea to stop for a moment and think about what you're tweeting.

Twitter can be great for networking, following businesses and individuals that you like and admire, and taking part in discussions.A positive Twitter profile can be a fantastic addition to your online identity.

It's worth checking that what you tweet is appropriate. Tweeting hurtful or abuse comments can escalate cyberbullying, and get you into huge trouble. To find out more about creating a positive digital identity, click here. 



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