Saturday, February 3, 2018

Cyber Privacy , Safety & Security Handbook

The INTERNET  is the most benefiting invention of the society known to us.
The openness and world wide connectivity also has made internet a dangerous if you aren’t aware of safety on internet. According to our popular belief; most vulnerable are the young girls.

This handbook compiled by Shilpa Sayura Foundation Youth with the funding of ISOC (Internet Society) for the Respect Girls on Internet Project. Please use, share and comment freely.

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Respect Girls on Internet

Community Based Cyber Harassment Protection.

Respect Girls on Internet initiative address Harassment of teenage girls on social networks – including extreme cases of self-harm - is a growing problem in Sri Lanka due to an increase in their use among teenagers. In most cases young people are withdrawing from social life and digital society; the physical and/or psychological victimization affects their education and employment. Although national laws and procedures are in place for protection, there is a general lack of awareness, advice and resources available – in the local language - for victims to seek justice. Respec Girls project creates digital content in the local language to raise awareness about the problem, advocate for safe and respectful online discourse, promote empathy and develops a network of youth for preventing Cyber Harassment and supporting victims.

One output was Cyber Privacy eHandbook for those new to the Internet, as well as for teachers and parents. A group of young people were trained to create online apps, short films, digital posters, stories, and comics to encourage peer-to-peer awareness. This online network has expanded to the real world with short film exhibitions and awareness raising exercises in schools. All content created from the project are distributed freely under Creative Commons 3.0 allowing for wider sharing, replication and adaptation across the world.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

How to use open DNS family shield for safe internet

Laptops, smartphones, tablets, DVRs, game consoles, TVs, literally anything that connects to the internet has a threat to privacy and safety of anyone. School labs shared by 1000 of students and we have no way of knowing what they do on internet. What do they search? What sites do they access?, What technologies they use and for what? Shouldn’t we know before something bad happens?

We can protect our children, school networks and homes from outside as well as inside thetas by following proper procedure and tools. Read more

Protect children from accessing pornography , phishing and malware websites. Use openDNS familyshield for your DNS The Free DNS will help automatically filter websites that are not suitable for children.

How to Identify Scholarship Scams

1. Application Fee: 

Scholarship scams are used by organizations that charge fees for availing procedures or application submissions that can be undertaken free of cost. Never pay for scholarship application fees.
2. Guaranteed Scholarship Award:

 Scams that guarantee an award- Now this trap can be tempting to an aspiring student. Nobody can guarantee a scholarship. If you are worthy and your concerns are true you will certainly get it. Don't get into the trap called 'Scholarship guarantee'. No such thing exists.
3. You "Win" a Scholarship that You Never Applied:

 Scholarships scams will contact college students informing them that they have won full college scholarship. You cannot win a scholarship if you have never for applied for it.
4. Free Scholarship Scams:
Nothing in life comes easily. There is no such thing like Free Scholarship. Scholarship is generally given to students with high quality academic record. Simply money does not grow on three.
5. Request for Personal Information:

Some scams ask for your personal details, such as bank statement, date of birth, passwords, account numbers, social security number etc. Never share your personal information with anyone online. Your identity might get cloned.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

68.To Unfriend someone

To Unfriend tap on the Friends tab and select Unfriend.

When you unfriend someone, they won’t be able to see posts you share with your friends and you won’t see info they share with their friends anymore. People you unfriend can still see posts you share publicly or with friends if they are friends of your friends.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

67.How to Report Things on Facebook *

If  there is abusive content , spam or fake profiles on Facebook you can  report them directly to Facebook .

When something gets reported to Facebook, They review it and remove anything that doesn't follow the Facebook Community Standards. They don't include any information about the person who filed the report when we reaching out to the person responsible.

To report a profile:

Go to the profile you want to report
In the bottom right of the cover photo, click " ..."  and select Report
Follow the on-screen instructions

To report a post:

Click  in the top right of the post you want to report and select "Report post "
Click Why don't you want to see this?
Choose the option that best describes the issue and follow the on-screen instructions

To report a photo or video:

Click on the photo or video to expand it
Click Options in the bottom right
Click Report Photo for photos or Report Video for videos

To report a message:

Open the message you'd like to report
Click Actions in the top right
Click Report Spam or Abuse... and follow the on-screen instructions

Saturday, August 15, 2015

66. Avoid Trolling

 Trolling is when a user anonymously abuses or intimidates others online for fun. They purposely post inflammatory statements, not as a way to bully or harass other people, but to watch the reactions.

Trolls enjoy seeing people get worked up about what they post. When they are confronted on their behaviour, they often shrug it off and claim it was all in fun.

Cyberbullies target someone and repeatedly attack them, while trolls set out to annoy whoever they can. Trolls want to provoke a reaction or response and it’s often not a personal attack because they don’t really care who they upset.

You can protect yourself and others against trolling by:
Ignore. Don't respond to nasty, immature or offensive comments
Dont give attention them ...
Attention give them more power.
Unfollow them and ask your friends to do so
Block them in groups and pages
If they pop up under a different name, block them again.
Report trolls to website administrators

Contact the social media service. Under new legislation, social media services are now obliged to take down material believed to be of a offensive nature.

Talk about it. If a troll upsets you, please talk about it with trusted friends and family and remember, it's not you, it's them.

Protect your friends from trolls. If trolls are upsetting a friend, help them to seek support.

65. Balance your online time

Most teens play online games for fun but they need to make sure that online world does not take over their life. With more and more mobile devices make it easy stay connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn to how and when to disconnect.

Spending too muchb time online affect your friendships, your family and your schoolwork, especially if it’s keeping you up at night.

Spending excessive amounts of time online can have significant impacts on your health, family and social life and on your academic performance at school.

If you
have ongoing headaches, eye strain and sleep disturbance
online activities interfering with your health, schoolwork and relationships
constantly talking about particular online gaming sites
withdraw from your ‘real world’ friends and activities
give more importance to your online activities and contacts
decline in your academic performance at school.

You may have a problem -- seek help

Graphic credits  : Amanda Hansani