Whether you want to protect your privacy or leave a positive digital footprint, we’ve got advice for you.
Change your privacy settings
Lots of social media sites will set your account to public by default. Changing your privacy settings lets you control who can see your posts and whether they’ll appear on search engines
Think before you post
You never know who’ll see photos, videos or comments you put online so think about how others might react before you post anything. Even apps like Snapchat can be screenshotted and shared. Never share your address, phone number or the name of your school online.
Delete content you don’t want online
Posted something you regret? There are lots of ways to delete things about you online. It can help to close or delete old social media accounts you don’t use anymore as well.
Search your name
Typing your name or your username into a search engine can help you find what’s easily available about you online. Remember, if you can find it then so can other people.
Check what data your device is collecting
Devices like phones, fitness trackers or wearables can collect data about you without you realising. Every device is different so search online to find out if your data is being used.
Set permissions for apps and websites
Lots of apps will ask for permission to use your data when you install them, including things like your contacts, photos and messages. Be careful about what you agree to and pick apps and browsers that protect your privacy. When you visit sites and you’re asked whether you accept cookies, make sure you check what the website says about how they’ll use them before you agree.