At Joyful Heart, we believe that education and empowerment go hand-in-hand. And the Internet can be an incredibly useful tool for learning and sharing information. At the same time, accessing websites and engaging in social media activities does pose unintended risks. Everyone is at risk for the exposure of their personal information and if you’re not very familiar with privacy settings on various sites, you might be sharing more than you intend to. Additionally, in the case of crimes like dating abuse, stalking and domestic violence, online activities can sometimes be tracked and used by perpetrators to control or intimidate their victims. Sexual abusers have also been known to gain access to their victims via websites and online forums.
While we encourage you to use the Internet to access information and connect with others online, we hope you do so safely. Here is a list of several resources with great content about staying safe online.
General Online Safety
- StaySafeOnline.org is a project of the National Cyber Security Alliance. NCSA's mission is to educate and therefore empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely at home, work, and school, protecting the technology individuals use, the networks they connect to, and our shared digital assets. StaySafeOnline.org has wonderful information about general online safety and a number of other topics.
Online Safety for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Dating Abuse or Stalking
- Loveisrespect.org provides detailed information about digital dating abuse as well as recommendations for staying safe on social networks.
- Reputation.com has information and resource links concerning cyberstalking.