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Digital capabilities: Stay safe and well online

A guide to help you with basic and more advanced digital skills for university learning

Keep yourself safe - students

Find the University's Digital Technology Solutions (DTS) tips on how to stay safe online.

Keep yourself safe - staff

Keep yourself safe - everyone

Dealing with dis- and mis-information

Take a look at this infographic from Canada's MediaSmarts: 

False information on social media

If you become aware of false information being shared on social media, you can correct it in a new post. This is less confrontational and embarrassing for the person who posted it.  Remember that most people don't want to knowingly share false information; they probably posted it quickly without checking it first. Your correction should not be a challenge, just a new post (or a comment attached to the incorrect post) containing the correct factual, verifiable information. 

You can also improve your own practice by stopping to think about what you're sharing or posting. Is it something that you can verify independently, using an authoritative, reliable source of information?  If not, maybe it's better not to share until you can find out more.

Stop to check the source of the post - identify whether the account is legitimate or whether it belongs to a bot or troll. If the account is legitimate, check the credentials of the information's author or publisher.