Turkish intelligence issued warnings about children's use of social media

Turkey's National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) has posted warnings on its official website about what children should do to use social media platforms safely and responsibly.

Under the heading "Safe Use of Social Media for Children" on the official MIT website, five points are listed:

- Keep your account private and ensure that only people you know can see your posts. Adjust your privacy settings in the "Profile Settings" tab.

- Do not accept friend or follow requests from strangers. Share any disturbing messages from strangers with your family or a trusted adult.

- Remember that the persons trying to communicate with you may not be who they say they are. If someone asks you to do something you don't want to do, share this with your family.

- Remember that everything on the internet is constant. Think carefully before sharing pictures or content about yourself or others.

- Don't share pictures of other people without permission.

In addition, MIT advises against sharing personal information, such as date of birth, location, school name, or names of family members, on social networking accounts.

Protect your social media accounts with strong passwords and avoid using the same password for multiple accounts. Avoid downloading apps that are not age-appropriate and be cautious when clicking on links, especially those from unfamiliar sources.

Limit the time you spend on social media, as excessive use can have a negative impact on your daily life and social relationships. Spend more time on activities such as spending time with friends, doing art or reading books.

Be mindful of your comments as they can negatively affect others. Treat people with different opinions with respect and never display abusive behaviour. Block and report individuals who harass you on social media platforms. / BGNES