Alongside the wonderful and exciting things that the web brings, there can be hidden dangers as well - for example:
- in chat-rooms, people can pretend to be someone that they aren't
- you can receive unwanted and nasty emails, texts or have something posted on a web site about you.
- people can use your personal details for their own purpose
There are a few rules that you need to stick to make your time on the Internet or in chat-rooms as safe as possible. Advice and information can be found on various websites. The links to these websites are at the bottom of this page.
If you do encounter problems with something you do on the Internet, TELL SOMEONE. You'll not only be protecting yourself but other people of your age as well. Parents, teachers and other responsible adults will be able to help you.
Please click on the links in the side panel to be taken to websites that will give you advice on how to keep your children safe online.
For Information: Using Twitter on mobile phones
Mobile phones with global positioning facilities have an application called "Layar" which uses the phone's in built GPS and compass features to overlay local data. The phone will show local points of interest in the direction the phone user is facing. This application also has a layer called "Tweeps Around" which can show all other local Twitter users - if they have allowed active geotagging on their phones. "Tweeps Around" allows a user to see other phone users' Twitter ID's, the text of their last "tweet" and their profile pictures. A phone user can then click on any one of them and select "Take Me There" which automatically opens up a Google map to pinpoint precisely where they are and note the actual address of the building. If your son/daughter is using their mobile phone for Twitter then the advice is to ensure active geotagging is turned off