Internet Safety – watch out for fake Instagram pages

Recently there have been a number of fake Instagram accounts, particularly fake dancewear pages. This has made me concerned enough to write this blog. Young girls and boys are posting pictures on these pages and often commenting /begging to be chosen as their next Ambassador. 

How to spot a fake Dancewear Instagram account:

  1. Do they have a link to a genuine website?
  2. Does the bio change often? 
  3. Does the bio have things like….website up tomorrow (but it’s still not there after a few days)
  4. Did they request to follow you first and you’d never heard of them before?
  5. Is what they are offering too good to be true? This could be that the dancewear seems too cheap
  6. Do you have to order/pay by contacting them through DM?
  7. Are they looking for ambassadors when they don’t appear to have any actual products?
  8. Have they asked for your address or phone number so they can send you free dancewear?

What to do if you think an Instagram page might be fake:

  1. DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR NAME, ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER.
  2. do not arrange to meet up with them, even if you think its for a photoshoot etc. Speak to an adult, show them the message and NEVER go to meet them without an adult.
  3. If they ask for your contact details, saying its to send you some free things, speak to an adult and request they send the items to a different address (a parents workplace would be a good choice, providing your parent says this is ok). A genuine company will not have a problem with this.
  4. If you get a DM which you feel uncomfortable about, or it makes you worried, show it to adult and block the sender.

Ask yourself….do you really want to be an Ambassador for something when you don’t know what that something is. You could end up working for someone who isn’t very nice, you could end up having to promote poor quality dancewear which you wouldn’t normally like to be seen in. You might get laughed at too!

Below are a few general internet safety tips:

  1. Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
  2. Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself.  Once you’ve put  a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it or screenshot it, it’s not just yours anymore.
  3. Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
  4. Never give out your passwords.
  5. Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
  6. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.  Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do.
  7. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
  8. Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
  9. Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
  10. If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.

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