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How to: stay safe online

Staying safe online is about protecting your privacy and being a responsible web user. On Inside a Dog the mod team are always available via email at iadmoderator@slv.vic.gov.au to assist if you have concerns or questions, but here are some good guidelines from the Office of eSafety Comissioner which we recommend you follow.

It’s important to understand how personal information is used online and how to protect your information and digital reputation.

Protecting your personal information online

  • Never disclose your surname, date of birth, school or address online. These identifying details can be used to commit internet fraud or to target you offline.
  • Read user agreements and privacy policies. The Centre for Youth Literature does not sell any data for any purpose, which is outlined in our Community Guidelines.
  • Understand that information shared online can be permanent—users may not have control over who sees or accesses their personal information. This includes teachers, parents and prospective employers.
  • Be aware that it is impossible to verify who you are actually speaking to online. It is important to follow internet safe practices on all internet and social media sites regardless of whether you think you are speaking with a peer, friend, known adult or trusted individual.
  • If you have any concerns about content you see on our website or any other, seek advice and support from a parent, guardian or teacher. You can also visit Reach Out or call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

Selecting passwords

When creating passwords there are some definite dos and don’ts, these include:


    • use eight characters or more
    • use a combination of words that aren’t predictable


    • use pet names, birthdates, family or friends’ names
    • use a predictable combination of words (eg. ‘ilovehiking’), a context specific word (eg. ‘google’) or repeated sequential characters (eg. ‘aaaaaa’ or ‘123456’)
    • share passwords with others, even with friends
    • store them on your device, unless it’s via a password manager which stores them in an encrypted database.

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