Tech Safety

We know that this may be a difficult time, and that uncertainty around the coronavirus may feel overwhelming for people who’ve experienced interpersonal harm already coping with trauma and stress. If you need to talk, we're here. 

As students and offices move to remote work, we want to offer resources to increase  tech safety for students & faculty/staff. Below, you will find more information about internet etiquette, ways tech can be used for harm, and autonomy and consent in online spaces. 
 

Cyberstalking

Cyberstalking can be defined as online stalking or harassment . It is the repeated use of the internet or other electronic means to harass, intimidate or frighten an individual.  Examples are: monitoring someone’s online activity or physical location, identity theft, monitoring someone else’s social media accounts and personal emails. 

  • Click here for useful information  and tips on increasing security online.

  • Click here for an infographic on cyberstalking facts and tips

  • This video contains information on limiting location access on a smartphone.

Sexting

Sexting is sending or receiving sexually suggestive images. Sexts can include sending or receiving nude or semi-nude images via cell phones, over email, social media, or video chat.

  • For more information on experiencing unwanted sexting,  click here.

  • Click here for information on removing unwanted images and material from the internet. The guide includes tips on navigating different platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Google, and Snapchat

Safety/Privacy

If you are looking to increase your general safety in different social media platforms, click here

For overall tech safety tips on email, cell phones, GPS, TTY, among others, click here

A note on screenshots

Screenshots of others without permission/Privacy: Screenshots are a common and convenient tool for visually representing material. Screenshots can be covered by copyright and should be used with permission.

Need Help? Have questions? OSAPR is available for support through our Hotline (617.495.9100) or email OSAPR@harvard.edu for an appointment with a member of our staff.