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Staying safe on social media

Social networks allows us to communicate remotely with many people, none of whom we can actually see and many we do not know.  It leaves people open to embarrassment, abuse or at risk of being a victim of crime.

  • Be wary of publishing any personal information or photos of yourself.
  • Think before you post.  Even if you later delete a post, it may already have been captured by someone else as a screenshot.
  • Don’t post anything that may cause yourself or others embarrassment.
  • Be cautious about information that can be used to identify you or locate you offline
  • Don’t post anything that is abusive, derogatory or offensive to a person or a group in society. 
  • Try and keep your privacy settings high to ensure you are only sharing with people
  • you know
  • Be aware of phishing scams, including fake friend requests or links websites that may contain a virus.
  • Don’t accept friend requests from people that you do not know

View the NPCC Stay Safe Online guide which explains how to protect your online data across a range of social media, platforms, browsers and devices:

Report it

If you have been a victim of fraud, and there isn't immediate danger, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Action Fraud is the UK's first national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, which takes crime reports from victims and provides a crime reference number.

Action Fraud provides a single place for victims of fraud and cyber crime to report to, or get advice on protecting themselves. For more advice, visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.

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