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Staying Safe Online

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Staying Safe Online

We have a few guidelines for you about staying safe on line. Please take a moment to read them.

We are sure you have heard all of this before, but we wouldn’t be doing our job properly if we didn’t remind you of a few things. It’s important to know how to stay safe when you’re using the internet, and in particular the Steps to Cope Website.

We do our very best to make sure that you are safe while using our site, but you have some responsibility in making sure you stay safe too. The online message boards and forum let you post questions or comments and ask other users their opinions. It can be a great way to share your experiences and knowledge, but you need to be careful to not pass on any of your personal details while using the forum or message board.

Remember that it can be viewed by anyone and that means that anyone can see your personal details if you share them on the forum. People can pretend to be anyone they like on the internet. They can lie about their age, their interests, if they are male or female, and their experiences. We do our best to vet all user accounts but its safest to remember that no matter how well you think you know someone online, that they are still strangers, and think about that when you think about sharing your personal details.

We are sure that you are all familiar with Facebook and social networking sites like that, and the same rules apply when posting on Facebook as they do in our forum and message boards.

  • Once you have shared something online you have lost control of it
  • People may still be able to see things that you’ve posted months or years later

Share what you need to or want to during the steps, but please remember to be careful when posting on the forum. Only Steps to Cope staff will ever request you send us personal information. You will know that we are staff because it will say so on our avatar and user profile. If you are at all hesitant to give out information – contact us.

We will never ask you to share your personal information in a public way, like on the forum, and will generally only ask for this once as you register. If we ever ask you for your bank account details or to send us money you know it’s not us, and refuse to do so!

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