Social networking sites can be fun, interactive and a quick way to stay in touch with friends and family online.
But - be careful what you put online
Review your privacy settings regularly - make sure only the people you want to know about you can read your profile and updates. Also, review where you're tagged in photos.
Be careful who you 'friend' online - some people may not be who they say they are, while others may say nasty or inappropriate things. Think twice before you allow someone to 'follow' you.
Don't give out personal details - for example, your date of birth or what school/college you go to. It's a good idea to put as little personal information as possible on social networking sites to avoid people knowing too much about you.
Think twice about the information you post online - for example, posting that you're off on holiday (and therefore your house may be empty) or that you have a brand new car. Other people could use this against you and you risk having your property stolen.
Carefully consider which photos you share online and what impression this gives (i.e. to current or potential employers).
Facebook terms and conditions state you must be 13 years or older to have a Facebook page. However, it's easy for people to lie which also means you can never be sure who you’re talking to.
Regularly review your privacy settings as Facebook continually add new functionality. Login, select 'Account' (top right) and choose 'Privacy settings'. It's a good idea to set your privacy so that only your real friends and family can view your profile.
Facebook now has ClickCEOP, an application (app for short) which you can install on your profile and use to report something you think is inappropriate on Facebook.
These are the rules and policies to which all Facebook users agree upon signup.
Facebook does not allow any content which is, or which contains: Hate speech, threats, pornography, incitement to violence, nudity and images of graphic or gratuitous violence.
Users are not allowed to do anything which is: unlawful, misleading, malicious, discriminatory, or to post content or take any action on Facebook that infringes or violates someone else's rights or otherwise violates the law
Youtube provides a Safety Center with information on how to stay safe whilst using the site. This includes extra resources and information on filters and account settings that can be used to keep you safe. Topics covered Include:
Harassment and Cyberbullying
You should report inappropriate video content to the host website direct.
To report an inappripriate video on YouTube, create a free account, log in and then select the 'flag' link under the video.
To report abuse, visit YouTube's Abuse and Policy Centre and choose the relevant option.
To report abuse or inappropriate content on Twitter: