Staying safe online

Everything you need to know

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You may be new online. Maybe you just got your first cell phone, or you’re finally allowed to go to the Internet cafe. Maybe you’ve just joined Facebook.

There is a whole world out there on the internet but just like in the real world, exploring it can bring benefits and dangers. The Internet offers great things — like meeting new friends, connecting with old ones, information that helps you get a new job and places to express yourself— but in order to take the fullest advantage of it, it’s important to know how to avoid the dangers.

Being safe on the internet means that you’re aware of the dangers that you may face, and know how to handle them. Some risks you could face online include:

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is just like bullying in real life. It includes mean messages on your profile or mean comments on your photos. It can also be someone writing hurtful things on your wall every day. Sharing a mean picture or comment is also bullying and you should try not to.

Exposure to inappropriate materials like pornography or violence.

The internet is a fun place where everybody can express themselves and share their thoughts but not everyone shares things that are appropriate. You could run into images and videos with gruesome violence or explicit sexual images and videos. If these images and videos end up on your wall, you can report the person who posted it and block them as well.

Online predators —in other words, adults who use the Internet to try and connect with children or teens

When you make friends with someone online, there is a chance that they might not be who they say they are. Some adults create teenage profiles so that they can connect with teens to try and meet with them. When you get a friend request or Facebook message from someone who seems dodgy, always check out their profile and see if you have any mutual friends. Be cautious of meeting people in real life who you have met online.

Sharing too much personal or private information, which can put you, your friends and family in danger.

Sharing your thoughts on the internet can be fun but be careful not to share information about you that will help someone find you in real life. This could put you or your family in danger. Do not share your personal phone number, or home address and be careful when sharing your location. This also goes for the phone numbers and addresses of your family and friends.

Remember, the internet can open up a new world for you but not without any risks.

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Mboyi

Hey guyz

Sept. 24, 2022, 9:58 a.m.

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Phindile

Hello

Zakia

Can I get youll whatsapp numbers pls...

Sept. 21, 2022, 2:03 p.m.

Mabula

I'm 12years old I want us to know each en everyone please put me on Moya app my number is 0714665910 others I did add please 💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅💅

Sept. 18, 2022, 5:41 p.m.

Fortune

Hey I am new here Can we chat on Moya🦋🦋

Sept. 13, 2022, 1:34 p.m.

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Anam

Yes whats ur number mine is 0647725341

Ziyand

Yes Let's chat 😘

Mabula

Add me on 0714665910 I'm available anytime I will be online❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

Zakia

Sure

Mfaba

Yes ♥️☺️🥺 0781981960

Nkosikho

Good advices ❤

Sept. 12, 2022, 9:22 p.m.

myssmisterigyrl2

You heard Springsters! Stop sending each other phone numbers and stop creating groups. You putting your family in danger.😏😒🚫💁🏽‍♀️🙄

Sept. 11, 2022, 7:16 a.m.

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Asa

How

Anam

Yeah how pls explain

Phindile

How please explain

MasterOfPuppets

People are able to get your personal information such as your, banking details and your address so, if you're going to send your personal information on the internet you do so at your own risk

_lovely

Cant believe I have been doing this I'll stop thanks guys😣😣😪

Answerable

I'm new here

Aug. 22, 2022, 6:27 a.m.

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Asa

Hello can we chat

Ziyand

Welcome but I am new to and iam 15 yrs of age I am interested in these conversations 🤭🤭🤭🤭😍💚

Asa

Hiy

Piper

What the f'''.... Piper 💜✌️😋

iamagirlandunknown

guys call the police I've been kidnapped my name is ayakaha a girl the location is

July 29, 2022, 1:47 p.m.

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iamagirlandunknown

site b p218.😩

iamagirlandunknown

help guys please please. .💔

Ntombizethu

How do u type when u are being kidnapped just stop joking 🤣

23we

Yes stop playing with us

23we

You are a liyer 😎😚

myssmisterigyrl2

Yes stop capping 😏🙄😡

Piper

What if she really was kidnapped

Danger

We don't know things happen

MasterOfPuppets

Instead of phoning your friends, family or the police you decided to message on springster that you're kidnapped, makes perfect sense, totally not CAP

_lovely

Some jokes are not funny

Aleandray

I'm new here

July 28, 2022, 10:35 a.m.

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23we

Hiiiii mafika izolo and you are like I'm new from here

Aleandray

Hi there

July 28, 2022, 10:35 a.m.

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23we

Yebo

KACHANTE

Hi

Ndalo

Hi I'm new here can I please make friends ❤️🦋🤗🙈

July 24, 2022, 2:04 p.m.

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Kelebza

Yes

23we

Why not yes you cab

Anam

Yes

Phindile

Me too am new here wellcame me😍🤗

baby20

I really recommend you to not just trust anyone when it comes to sharing all your personal information... people out there are highly skilled hackers.Sometimes Google helps...search! don't take no chances for your safety.I almost search everything whenever I get the chance to connect to a wifi.

July 22, 2022, 12:15 a.m.

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23we

You are right

Robiey

Helps a lot But what if I trusted the right person but I turned them to do the exact same thing you preventing?

July 18, 2022, 4:54 p.m.

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23we

✌✌✌🤝🤝

Tshedza

Good tips

July 18, 2022, 5:27 a.m.

Kelebza

Such a good advice

July 15, 2022, 6:57 p.m.

lebogang

Good tips❤

July 15, 2022, 3:28 p.m.

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Katie

Can I have your number phone

Ntebaleng

Good tips❤️♥️

July 12, 2022, 11:43 a.m.

Lauren

Good tips 👍

July 3, 2022, 5:33 a.m.

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Mellow

💞💞

Nihan

Learnt quite alot from this😀

July 2, 2022, 2:42 p.m.

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23we

Not all but few of them

owami_cindi9

I really learnt a lot

June 30, 2022, 5:26 a.m.

Khanyi

such a good advice I knew a little about this kind of information but now Ilearnt a lot .

May 3, 2022, 9:18 p.m.

Being a Web Ranger has helped me detect social media dangers and I will know what to do if a situation arises

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

Stop abuse and anybody if some one touch your private part

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Hello Springster Thank you for your comment.We agree with you that no one is supposed to be abused.If ever someone touches your private parts you should tell an adult you trust.

Tell

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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23we

I agree with you

I do not like my body very much

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Zoe

That's me

Kelebza

U must like your body the way it is cause it's yours

Robiey

Same here But I discovered People don't see it the way I do So admiring myself Is more than people's opinions about me

Kelebza

U must like your body bcs if u don't nobody will and u must look yourself in the mirror and admire your body.

23we

Girl when you say you do not like your body boys will use you 😪😪😥🤐

I agree fully , and want to try to be more safe online..thnx for the tips

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

To my side Facebook is good because I just found my family my father's side family... But still we have to be careful

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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23we

Go away u use Facebook damn it girl/ boy but we do not need boys here

myssmisterigyrl2

To all the boys on Springster... LEAVE!!!! NO BOYS ALLOWED 🚫🧒🏽👦🏽👨🏽👴🏽🧔🏾👱🏽‍♂️

what I can say life depends in your thoughts, vertical distance.

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

at all its much safer if..you protect ur account .....do the pin or passwords in front of people ...so..that 2morow they cannot log in with your account ...and comment via ur picture e.t.c and facebook..is much hurt when people using ur account knowing that u have....girlfriends.....

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Hi I am not so we can get it is not sure you have any of a lot to see you are

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

I don't have a lot of friends on Fbook. I don't accept friend request from strangers.

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

Hey

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

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Njn

23we

Hiy

hii

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

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Dlamini

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