With the raise of social networking and social media we increasingly need to be more aware of how to keep ourselves safe when we are online. Perpetrators of abuse will often use social media to bully, harass and abuse their victims or use it as a means of locating where they are. 

Twitter

Below are some useful tips to keep yourself safer when using twitter

Passwords - never tell anyone your password and always make sure you logout after using your account.

Disable your location -  if your tweets have a location added it may be easier for the perpetrator or their friends and family to find you. To check your location settings and to turn it off here's how:

  1. In the Tweet compose box on twitter.com, click the button with your location.
  2. Select Turn off location from the dropdown menu.
  3. The Turn off location setting will be saved, so next time you compose a Tweet on twitter.com your location information will not appear.

How to block someone - blocking someone is quick and easy. Just follow these easy tips

How to report abuse - If you are receiving abusive messages or see abusive posts online you can report it. You can report it to twitter by using this form.

 

Use your report as evidence - if you have reported someone for being abusive you can also download and email your report to use as evidence for the police or other agencies. 

It is important to remember that Twitter has certain rules and policies which it asks everyone to follow. These are in place to stop people being abused online. Here's how to make reporting to police easier

Facebook

Like Twitter, Facebook also has rules and policies in place to stop people being abused online. 

Below are some useful tips and links to keep yourself safe online. 

Passwords - never share your password with others. If you think someone may know your password you can change it by 

If you know your password:

  1. Log in to Facebook, then go to your settings 
  2. Click Password
  3. Type your current and new password
  4. Click Save Changes

If you don't know your password:

  1. Go to the login page at
  2. Then click Forgot your password? in the top right 
  3. Type the email, phone number, full name, or username associated with your account, then follow the on-screen instructions

 

Below are some of the main ways of keeping safe on Facebook. There are other tools that can be used as well and these can be found on Facebooks safety center

  • Unfriend someone
  • Block someone who is being abusive or harassing you
  • Report someone who is being abusive or harassing you

 

You can take the Facebook security check-up to add additional security to your account. Learn more  

You can also download your Facebook data into a PDF and use it however you want. This could be for the police as proof of online abuse or for other evidential requirements.

To download your data from your Facebook page:

  1. Click at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings
  2. Click Download a copy of your Facebook data below your General Account Settings
  3. Click Start My Archive

More useful links

What to do if someone is threatening to share something with you that you want to keep private

What to do if someone is pretending to be you on facebook

Safety information taken with permission from Women's Aid