You can prevent cyberbullying by being careful of what you do:
- Always think about what you post or say. Do not share secrets, photos or anything that might be embarrassing to you or others. What seems funny or innocent at the time could be used against you. You do not have complete control over what others forward or post.
- Set privacy settings on your accounts. Make sure that you are only sharing information with people you know and trust. Pay attention to notices from social networks, because sometimes privacy settings change
- Google yourself
- Google collects information across the web. Profiles from the past and/or present that have personal information may be available. Anytime you have posted information about yourself on any website, (blogs, forums, free service sights, etc.) this information may still be available if privacy settings were overlooked at the time, or changed later without your knowledge.
- To google yourself, use quotes around your name, ex. “Johnny Appleseed”
- Also try to Google your email address, nicknames, or other information
- By doing this, you can see what is available to the public and fix it if necessary
- Note: try these same searches in ‘images’ to also see what is readily available