Protecting privacy

Children and young people use the new information and communication technologies to interact, to represent themselves and to pursue their interests. Communities, in particular online communities and messenger services, are very popular.
To avoid unpleasant experiences for children and adolescents, it’s important to raise awareness of the protection of privacy for these activities. Here, parents and educators are needed to support children and young people with tips and hints on possible hazards and protective measures.
Rules and tips for teachers, educational specialists and teachers:
Get smart about the most popular chats, communities, and messenger services of your pupils and students.
Inform yourself about their security settings, support services for parents and educators, as well as contact information of youth protection officers.
Consider together with your students, what hazards and consequences disclosing personal data, comments and affiliations to groups on social networks can have. There are various important issues to discuss and develop from cyber-bullying, cyber-grooming and flaming to violations of the law up to the issue that today's employers review the data of their candidates on the net.
Demonstrate that creating fake profiles or taking other roles or identities is a daily occurrence in chats, messenger apps or communities. Checking the veracity of statements and images is rather difficult. This may cause considerable hazards, such as sexual harassment or bullying.
Inform students about the creation and use of strong passwords to protect their own privacy and to avoid “data theft.”
Encourage your students to behave fair on the net and maintain a good “netiquette” (the informal codes of conduct on the Internet for dealing with other users).
Discuss previous contacts and experiences in chats, messenger apps, and communities with your students and be a competent contact for problematic incidents.