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Facebook, Twitter and Ask.Fm are social networking sites that give you the opportunity to network with other people you know in real life. For a person to be able to register as a user in the above social networking sites must be over 13 years old.
Facebook allows you to create your personal profile where you can post a wealth of information, including your favorite songs, photos, interests, and even share your thoughts with your friends.
Through Twitter, you can communicate with other people through the exchange of short messages called «tweets». These messages can be read by other unregistered users when they are not protected. But in order for someone to publish a message he or she should be a registered user of Twitter.
Ask.Fm is based on questions you can ask another user. The operation is relatively simple and a person does not need to create a profile. People can enter the network and see how it works and even ask other users questions. However, to receive questions you need to have a personal profile.
The use of social networking sites can provide several benefits to each user. However it is very important to know how to properly use these networks in order to protect your personal data. Below we will give you some protection advice during and after the creation of your personal account in Facebook, Twitter and Ask.Fm:
Finally, if you encounter illegal material or receiving harassment through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Ask.Fm can directly contact the Helpline of the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre «CyberEthics». Our line is in operation since 2009 and aims to provide information on the safe use of the internet, but also to support and guide persons who have undergone any form of harassment via the internet. Our line is aimed at young children, parents and teachers. Additionally, we operate confidentially and anonymously.
As Safer Internet Helpline we collaborate with the Department of Electronic Crime of the Cyprus Police and with the pages of social networking and we have the potential for direct contact with representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Ask.Fm. The helpline is open daily from 9:00 until 19:00 at 70000 116. There is also the possibility of chat through our website (www.cyberethics.info or www.helpline.cyberethics.info) from 15:00 until 19:00, by email, through offline chat 24/7 and finally through our "HotHelp" App for mobile phones (Android, iOS) which is available at the «stores» for apps software .
CyberEthics is cofunded by the Safer Internet Programme of the European Union.