Surveying social media habits of young Canadians

February 19, 2014

The Canada Safety Council is pleased to support PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network) in gauging how young Canadians use online privacy settings and reporting tools.

We encourage social media users ages 13 to 25 years old to participate in a survey that asks whether they think about online privacy when they use social media; what privacy settings, if any, they use; and whether they have ever reported someone for violating online privacy rules.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is available until March 31. Participants can enter for a chance to win one of five gift certificates worth $100.

PREVNet is a network of more than 90 leading researchers and 56 national organizations, including the Canada Safety Council, working together to prevent bullying and violence.

The Canada Safety Council offers the following tips for protecting your privacy while using social media:

  • Confidential information should remain confidential – do not put it online. This can include your cell phone number, home address, full birth date, credit card and banking information, etc.

  • Social media networks frequently change or update their privacy setting options. Review your settings at least once every few months.

  • If your safety is compromised because of repeated harassment or abuse, learn how to block people and change your identity online. If necessary, shut down your social media profiles, either temporarily or permanently. If you decide to set up new profiles, make it difficult for people to find you unless you invite them to be part of your network.

  • If you use a public or shared computer, remember to log out of your profiles before leaving the computer. Never share your passwords.

  • Be selective of who you add as friends and contacts on profiles such as Facebook and LinkedIn. Just like in real life, some people have less than good motives for gathering information.

For more information on social media safety and to complete the survey, visit www.prevnet.ca or www.canadasafetycouncil.org.

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For more information, please contact:

Catherine Gaudreau

Communications/Media Program Coordinator, Canada Safety Council

(613) 739-1535 (ext. 228)