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In light of recent global events, there is a heightened risk of cyber-attacks. We urge local organisations to exercise additional vigilance when monitoring IT infrastructure. Please report suspicious activity to us via our Cyber Concerns Reporting Tool.

1. Turn on and control your privacy settings

Restrict who can see and post on your online profiles, such as Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, SnapChat or any other websites that may give away personal information.

2. Limit your online friends to people you know

People you meet online may not be who they say they are. 

3. Get consent before sharing

Think about the privacy of other people, and your own, before sharing photos and videos online and with people you know.

4. Once you've posted, you can't take it back

When you post online it will most likely stay there forever in one shape or another. Take some time before you post anything and think, "Do I want this online now? Will I want this online in future?"

5. Speak up 

If you see something inappropriate on a social media site, in a chat room or anywhere else online, tell an adult you can trust.

6. Don't stand for bullying

Treat others the way you want to be treated, whether online or in person. It can be easier to offend someone when hiding behind a computer screen, but this doesn't make it any better or any less hurtful.

7. Don't impersonate (pretend to be someone else)

It's wrong and hurtful to create sites, pages or posts that appear to come from someone else.

8. Be cautious of avatars (online personas)

Real people can be behind characters when playing a game or exploring an online world.