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Staying Safe Online (during COVID-19 Lockdown)

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

During the COVID-19 lockdown, we have all moved elements of our lives online. Work or play, everyone and their granny is using some sort of video call platform like House Party, FaceTime, Zoom, Whatsapp & Facebook to #StayConnected.

While these apps can be a great way to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues there have been some recent stories in the media about hacking, Zoombombing, and even high-level politicians accidentally sharing their Zoom ID’s with millions of followers, potentially allowing anyone to join their confidential cabinet meetings.

Our LANDED Peer Educators have been working hard the past few days to research how you can stay safer online when using these platforms to keep in touch with your friends during our time in isolation.

Be aware of app age restrictions

Most of the apps we have mentioned have a minimum age requirement. This means you need to be a certain age to use them. Have a look at the age requirements below, are you are old enough to use them?

  • Whatsapp – 16 years old

  • Facebook – 13 years old

  • Zoom – 16 years old

  • Houseparty – 13 years old

Only speak to people you know

There are many different ways people can trick you online and pretend to be someone they are not.