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Safer Internet Day

Something that is important for all of us is Internet Safety. With ‘Safer Internet Day’ being the 9th of February we thought it would be a great time to run through some of the ways we plan to keep all our users safe while using Challenge Social and, as always, we will share some websites we find really useful when it comes to staying safe online. While the internet can be an amazing place it also can have it’s dark side which we all need to be aware of.

With the internet being a massive part of so many of our lives in the modern day, it’s important to understand the ‘Do’s and Don'ts’ when browsing. How many times do we simply click ‘allow all’ or tick the terms and conditions of a new app without reading them fully? These are normally not the problem but always good to know exactly what a company is using your contact information for.

So what is internet safety?

Being safe online means you are protecting yourself from ending up in situations you didn’t want to be in! Whether it’s the way companies use your personal data, the people you connect with or preserving your mental wellness whilst online. With cyber-bullying being an issue that some users are facing on a daily basis we have to work together to single out the attackers and try and abolish it wherever we can.

Who does it affect the most?

Anyone can be affected negatively when online, but of course some are more vulnerable than others. For example children and the elderly can be more affected by cyber-bullying or scams than a more internet savvy person. But that’s not to say we aren’t all at risk. With the multitude of new apps ever-emerging it’s getting harder and harder to know what is ‘safe’ and what is a ‘risk’. Thankfully, the awareness raised by ‘Safer Internet Day’ has forced companies to become more transparent with the ways they use our data and even schools bring a good level of awareness to the matter. 

It is of course very important to teach our kids at a young age about remaining safe online and there are many great websites and support lines to help us do so! Internet matters, NSPCC and Thinkuknow are just a few wonderful websites to take a look at if you want to learn more on the matter.

How can I become more ‘Internet Safe?’

The fundamentals are basic, Never post personal information on the web for everyone to see and when signing up to something new always make sure to check company T's & C's and privacy policies, be sure who you are talking to, be vigilant to scams and phishing, keep passwords safe (use generators where you can for added security) and speak to someone if you are unsure about anything or if something alarms you! Childline have broken these steps down brilliantly for everyone to read.

How does Challenge Social plan to keep us safe?

Here at Challenge Social we have our users best interests at heart. We openly share the ways your data could be used and we only ask for the most basic information! Being a free app, there is no need for us to ask for payment information. While on the app, we give you the option to choose who sees your challenges. You can either post them publicly for all to see or keep them private so only those involved can see. We have set out a minimum age of 13 for all of our users, this eliminates the risk for the very young. Any future amendments we may need to make we will always be 100% transparent and never use information in a way that could put our users at risk. Why not check out our terms and conditions and if you still have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact us via our forum

We also keep a careful eye on the content posted on our platform and can manually delete any posts that breach our community guidelines. Users can ‘report’ any post that they deem offensive which we will review at the earliest opportunity. Users can also ‘block’ anyone that shares offensive posts or do not trust, which again will notify us so we can look into it.

Further Steps

If you suspect something online then the chances are it’s not right. Try and always remain savvy and be wary of people you don’t know. If you suspect someone is a victim of, or you are personally experiencing the effects of cyberbullying then please do speak to someone as there is a lot of help available and no one should be put through that. Our forum is always in operation and can be a safe place for anyone that needs help or advice.

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