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You can use social media

You could make yourself unsafe if you post information about yourself online (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat). Apps and websites may not always consider your privacy when you post photos and send information to others about yourself such as where you live, your contact details or your personal situation.

The Act does not allow the publication of names and identifying information of children and young people who are or were in care up until the age of 25yrs.  So this means that if you are using the internet and posting photos of yourself as well as letting people know that you are or were in care, this is a potential breach of the Act. This is also the case for your brothers and sisters if they are in care.

This doesn’t mean you can’t post on the internet but there are some things to consider when using the internet.

Consider:

  • not using your full name
  • when writing online, don’t post personal information about yourself- such as being in care and your experiences or your address
  • Are your profile settings on private?
  • Are you only adding people that are your friends and people you know?
  • Are you able to review posts before they are public?
  • If you are under 18, does an adult know about your online presence?
  • Are you able to ask for help, or talk to someone if someone is contacting you that you don’t want to talk to?
  • Is your password private?

It is important to think about how to keep yourself safe whilst online. Your experiences in care are private and don’t need to be shared online/publicly.  If you share personal information online, even if you delete it, it can still be located. It doesn’t disappear. Having online contact with certain people may not be positive for you.  Find an adult in your life that you can talk to about this if you have more questions, this could be your carer or your caseworker.