Safe sharing

This section has been developed to help generate discussions about safe and responsible sharing online; considering what personal information is and how to keep it safe, as well as safe sharing of images andvideos online.

Sharing online 

Much of what we see and do in our everyday lives can often be shared online, including information, photographs, videos and stories. Sharing online can be a great way of keeping in touch with friends, learning from others and simply sharing life experiences. However, we need to always consider who we are sharing this information with.

Sharing information online can be done intentionally by sharing a post or writing a comment, or unintentionally by other people resharing your posts or comments to a wider or different audience. Sharing also involves information, images and videos relating to others that we share online as well as things about ourselves.

  • Challenges for young people with special educational needs Open or Close

    The internet can be a great platform for young people with additional needs to communicate with others without the added challenge of face to face contact. However, it can be challenging for them to differentiate between what information, images and videos are ok to share with others online, and what is not ok to share, and who we could share it with.

    Autistic young people, in particular, tend to be very trusting and honest which could lead to them sharing information, images and videos with strangers online.

    The internet comes with an added ambiguity that there is no hard and fast rule that will work for every situation.

    Often, we have to assess the situation for ourselves and carefully consider the level of risk. Young people with additional needs will need to be supported in differentiating not only what a stranger is online, but also what you should and shouldn’t share with them.

  • Top tips for safe sharing online Open or Close
    1. Don’t give away personal information, belonging to you or others, to people you only know online.
    2. Make use of privacy settings to prevent people who don’t follow you from seeing what you have shared online.
    3. Check profiles and posts to make sure they aren’t revealing any information you weren’t intending to.
    4. Think about timings – save posts that reveal your location until after you have left the place where the photo was taken.
    5. Always ask before sharing things with or about others online which may upset or embarrass them.
    6. Speak to an adult if anything worries you online or if anyone tries to pressure you to share personal information, images or videos.

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This resource is being developed and launched in stages in order to obtain and build upon feedback whilst working with educators and specialist organisations.

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