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Staying Safe Online

Staying Safe Online

In this issue, Filipe learns that everybody needs to think about what they share on their mobile phone and on social media networks. 

Filipe and Lucas are at school. They are sat in the back row, messing about and whispering about the teacher. Filipe comments that the teacher makes a funny face when he is concentrating. Lucas whips out his phones and snaps a picture. The teacher hears the clicking sound but can’t identify who made it. When the teacher steps out of the room, they look at the picture and make it into a GIF and start laughing. Lucas shares it with Filipe via a messaging service. They quickly put their phones away when the teacher steps back into the room, but are smirking as they get on with their work.

 

Later at training...  When Filipe arrives, the others are already there. They are looking at Lucas’ phone and laughing at the GIF of the teacher. They all ask Filipe and Lucas to send it to them and immediately start sharing it with their own friends.

 

Understanding

At the beginning of the story, Lucas and Filipe use their phones to take photos of their teacher and share them with their friends. What problems can this cause for the person who took the photos and for the person in the photos?

Activity 1: In this activity, have a look at each question and decide which is the best answer. Then, think if you have ever shared a photo that you shouldn't have shared?
To share or not to share?

The next day, at school...  Filipe and Lucas are in the same teacher’s class as before. Everyone is laughing about the GIF, when the teacher arrives. Suddenly, everyone is quiet. The teacher looks flustered and slightly embarrassed. He drops his pen and everyone bursts out laughing. The teacher tells them off for being disrespectful and says he knows that the person responsible for the GIF is from that class and that he will find out who it is. Filipe and Lucas look at each other but they are confident that no-one will find out.

 

After class, Filipe is walking down the hallway when he notices that people are looking at him and giggling. Worried, he asks Lucas if he has something on his face. Lucas tells him not to be silly and they go and meet the others at the youth club.  Filipe is still complaining about the strange looks when he gets to the youth club. Maria Julia and Clara exchange looks. “Well, you did write that strange status, Filipe and post that...interesting photo...of yourself”.  “What are you talking about?”. Filipe gets out his phone and checks his social network page. Someone has written an offensive status and posted a picture of him.

 

 The gang hang out of the youth club for a while, but Filipe still feels self-conscious and like everyone is staring at him. Some people are, but not everyone. Soon, the others start to tire of him and tell him that he is overreacting. Filipe decides to go home. On his way out, he passes Raphael and his group of friends. They are looking at a new poster.  Raphael looks up at Filipe and says “you should pay attention to tip 6, chicken-boy” and waves his mobile phone at him, taunting him. Filipe realises Raphael must have hacked his social network, but he has no proof. Filipe looks at the poster.

Grammar

During the story, Filipe is sure that someone went onto his Facebook page, and he is sure that he knows who it was. He uses the phrase 'must have been' to show this:

"Someone must have been on my Facebook page!"  

"It must have been Rafael"

We use the structure must + have + past participle to show that we are sure about something that happened in the past. We can change must to could/may/might to say that we are less sure, or to can't if we are sure that something didn't happen.

Have a go at the activity below to practise more of these types of sentence. If you want to know more, check out the Grammar Pages on our Learn English website.

Activity 2: In this activity, take a look at some sentences and decide which modal verb you should use: must, might, can't or could?
Can you put the modal verb in the right sentence?

The poster has 8 tips for staying safe online. Tip 1: Be nice to people online Tip 2: Take care with what you share Tip 3: Keep personal information private Tip 4: Check your privacy settings

 

Tip 5:Know how to report posts. Tip 6: Keep your passwords safe. Tip 7: Never meet anyone in person you’ve only met online. Tip 8: If you see anything online that you don’t like tell someone you trust.

 

Filipe feels embarrassed about being exposed online and realises that his teacher must have felt the same way. The following day, he owns up to to making the GIF and apologises to the teacher. The teacher accepts his apology but gives him extra work to do.  Later at practice, the others ask Filipe if he is feeling better. He says that he is but he’s learnt his lesson and has changed all his passwords. The gang are relieved and Bruno invites him to look at something on his phone. Filipe looks wary, but Bruno says “don’t worry; it’s just a video of a skateboarding rabbit!”

 

Vocabulary

There were quite a few difficult words and phrases in this issue of the comic. For example:

"What's going on?"

"What are they on about?"

Have a go at the activity below and see if any of the expressions are new for you.

Activity 3: There were some difficult phrases and words in this issue of 'The Beautiful Game'. How much did you understand?
Can you match the words to their definitions?

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What do you think?

Why is it not sometimes a good idea to share photos of other people?
What should happen to people who share hurtful images of other people?
How can you protect your Facebook page from being hacked by someone else?
Tell us your answers in the comments section below.

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
05/07/2020
TR
5191
points

Because we should respect other people’s privacy.
They should be warned at the first time but second time they should be sentenced and maybe excluded.
Never tell your password to anyone and make it a bit difficult by using a mix of letters and numbers.


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mobeckham
05/07/2020 10:44
Turkey
Manchester United
5191

Because we should respect other people’s privacy.
They should be warned at the first time but second time they should be sentenced and maybe excluded.
Never tell your password to anyone and make it a bit difficult by using a mix of letters and numbers.

Izabela
17/06/2020
BR
1313
points

Good tips.


Izabela
17/06/2020 18:47
Brazil
Newcastle United
1313

Good tips.

joto
15/06/2016
AT
271
points

Their profiles should be deactivated.


joto
15/06/2016 08:31
Austria
Stoke City
271

Their profiles should be deactivated.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4754
points

A strong password should be used and avoid using of one's name or phone number


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:48
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

A strong password should be used and avoid using of one's name or phone number

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4754
points

By not sharing your password with friends or family


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:47
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

By not sharing your password with friends or family

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4754
points

Their accounts should be deactivated immediately


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:47
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

Their accounts should be deactivated immediately

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4754
points

They should be persecuted


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:46
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

They should be persecuted

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4754
points

The contents might not be worth sharing or one might not have the permission to share it


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:44
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

The contents might not be worth sharing or one might not have the permission to share it

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ZoeyRedbird
10/04/2016
RU
369
points

1. Because somebody could make fun with them, could use Photoshop and totally change them.
2. They should not have access to people's images and they shouldn't take photoes of people without their permission.
3. You should use strong passwords.


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ZoeyRedbird
10/04/2016 10:45
Russia
Manchester United
369

1. Because somebody could make fun with them, could use Photoshop and totally change them.
2. They should not have access to people's images and they shouldn't take photoes of people without their permission.
3. You should use strong passwords.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
02/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Seeing that someone who you don't know or you don't like can see them.
They should be punished.
I don't know.


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HakanUslu1881
02/03/2016 17:44
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Seeing that someone who you don't know or you don't like can see them.
They should be punished.
I don't know.

Ariel
12/02/2016
PK
12
points

Well, because it is not very courteous, and they might not like it very much. This could spoil your relations with them. A better idea is to always ask them if you could tag them before you post any of their picture. Plus you should be a positive person, by doing such things you only expose yourself and your mentality. But it is always a good idea to at least know about how to do these things, this will discourage people from hacking your account, as they would know that you are dangerous!

You should always deactivate your account when you do not intend to use it for a long time. and keep changing your passwords, know how to report issues.By the way, I have delete my fb account, so I shouldn't talk like a pro! ;);)


Ariel
12/02/2016 14:50
Pakistan
Arsenal
12

Well, because it is not very courteous, and they might not like it very much. This could spoil your relations with them. A better idea is to always ask them if you could tag them before you post any of their picture. Plus you should be a positive person, by doing such things you only expose yourself and your mentality. But it is always a good idea to at least know about how to do these things, this will discourage people from hacking your account, as they would know that you are dangerous!

You should always deactivate your account when you do not intend to use it for a long time. and keep changing your passwords, know how to report issues.By the way, I have delete my fb account, so I shouldn't talk like a pro! ;);)

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MUGEMANYI
08/02/2016
RW
2320
points

Change of password can help to protect your Facebook from being hacked


MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
08/02/2016 19:48
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Change of password can help to protect your Facebook from being hacked

elghoul's picture
elghoul
22/12/2015
DZ
3793
points

It is not a good idea because you can hurt them or the photos can become viral.
The people who share private images without ,authorization can be comdamned by law.
You can protect your Facebook page using a password and secure it.


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elghoul
22/12/2015 14:53
Algeria
Manchester City
3793

It is not a good idea because you can hurt them or the photos can become viral.
The people who share private images without ,authorization can be comdamned by law.
You can protect your Facebook page using a password and secure it.

hichem hy
21/12/2015
DZ
124
points

Because not everyone permit to share his photos, especially if they are funny.


hichem hy
21/12/2015 16:38
Algeria
Manchester City
124

Because not everyone permit to share his photos, especially if they are funny.

nikosonris
16/12/2015
UA
2453
points

I remember when somebody attempted to log in my FB account from Taiwan (of which I've been notified by FB). I have changed my password immediately.


nikosonris
16/12/2015 11:33
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I remember when somebody attempted to log in my FB account from Taiwan (of which I've been notified by FB). I have changed my password immediately.

nikosonris
16/12/2015
UA
2453
points

Some countries try to address those issues by introducing new laws. There are some examples across the globe. Is there any social media-related regulation in the UK, by the way?


nikosonris
16/12/2015 11:31
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Some countries try to address those issues by introducing new laws. There are some examples across the globe. Is there any social media-related regulation in the UK, by the way?

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tokomoney
15/12/2015
GE
352
points

we don't have rights to share other people's images without their permission. It's considered as personal privacy.


tokomoney's picture
tokomoney
15/12/2015 08:49
Georgia
Manchester City
352

we don't have rights to share other people's images without their permission. It's considered as personal privacy.

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MasterSilver500
14/12/2015
VN
437
points

If you see someone hacked Facebook (Tweet,Skype),tell they no hacked.


MasterSilver500's picture
MasterSilver500
14/12/2015 10:47
Vietnam
Manchester United
437

If you see someone hacked Facebook (Tweet,Skype),tell they no hacked.

Abdallah
12/12/2015
KW
1814
points

1- first because it's considered as personal privacy and should be permitted and excused to share .
Secondly , it's illegal in many countries , thirdly it can be used in bad way .
2- I believe they must be punished to not repeat it again .
3- I must have kept my passwords secret and not sharing it with anybody or write it on paper and keep the paper in the wallet or in a clear place , I must not accept any unknown sources emails or accept strangers friends .


Abdallah
12/12/2015 09:11
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

1- first because it's considered as personal privacy and should be permitted and excused to share .
Secondly , it's illegal in many countries , thirdly it can be used in bad way .
2- I believe they must be punished to not repeat it again .
3- I must have kept my passwords secret and not sharing it with anybody or write it on paper and keep the paper in the wallet or in a clear place , I must not accept any unknown sources emails or accept strangers friends .

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aragorn1986
11/12/2015
ME
3557
points

We should all change our passwords regularly, not logging in on private places. Our profiles can be easily taken over by someone else, ot it can be affected by a virus or malware. As soon as we notice it we should change our passwords if possible.


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aragorn1986
11/12/2015 20:25
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

We should all change our passwords regularly, not logging in on private places. Our profiles can be easily taken over by someone else, ot it can be affected by a virus or malware. As soon as we notice it we should change our passwords if possible.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
11/12/2015
ME
3557
points

The people who share hurtful images should be banned to use social media networks, while they can also be processed for the violation of personal rights.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
11/12/2015 20:20
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

The people who share hurtful images should be banned to use social media networks, while they can also be processed for the violation of personal rights.

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aragorn1986
11/12/2015
ME
3557
points

Of course it's not a good idea. We don't have rights to share other people's images without their permission. Unfortunately, it is possible on fbook without asking for permission. That's smth. that needs to be changed.


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aragorn1986
11/12/2015 20:17
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Of course it's not a good idea. We don't have rights to share other people's images without their permission. Unfortunately, it is possible on fbook without asking for permission. That's smth. that needs to be changed.

nikosonris
16/12/2015
UA
2453
points

Some people may just follow the rule 'Everything which is not forbidden is allowed'. There are two options: either FB or any other social media introduces and then enforces a new policy, or it's up to the users to decide whether they are ready to take the risks of sharing other people's photos or not.


nikosonris
16/12/2015 11:27
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Some people may just follow the rule 'Everything which is not forbidden is allowed'. There are two options: either FB or any other social media introduces and then enforces a new policy, or it's up to the users to decide whether they are ready to take the risks of sharing other people's photos or not.

AleksandarR
11/12/2015
ME
518
points

We should often change our passwords...


AleksandarR
11/12/2015 19:52
Montenegro
Manchester United
518

We should often change our passwords...

AleksandarR
11/12/2015
ME
518
points

Their profiles should be deactivated.


AleksandarR
11/12/2015 19:51
Montenegro
Manchester United
518

Their profiles should be deactivated.

AleksandarR
11/12/2015
ME
518
points

Because maybe they would not like a photo and other people would make fan of them.


AleksandarR
11/12/2015 19:48
Montenegro
Manchester United
518

Because maybe they would not like a photo and other people would make fan of them.

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