Electronic cigarettes have made an impression on the Australian public, with the number of smokers increasing by more than 40 per cent in the past year.
But how do you stay safe when the internet can’t help but become a friend to you?
We’ve put together a list of some of the best tips and tricks for using the internet safely.
Don’t get involved in online discussions When the internet is your friend, the only way to get hurt is by being involved.
As with any kind of online conversation, avoid the kind of arguments that are getting heated and instead try to focus on what is actually going on on the internet.
Don the safety goggles if you see any online discussion where the discussion has escalated to violence.
Keep your mouth shut The only way for the internet to make you feel unsafe is to silence you.
As a result, if you’re reading an article or listening to a podcast or talking to a friend on Facebook, don’t respond by making an argument, using words you won’t agree with, or being belligerent.
Instead, try to sit quietly and let the conversation flow.
Take your time When you’re on the go, try and use the time to talk to someone else who isn’t on your phone.
You’ll be less likely to be called into an argument if you just sit down and do it.
If you want to talk online, you’ll need to know when to use your phone to call people or make a call.
Don´t use the internet as a platform to make racist or sexist comments When it comes to online forums, it can be easy to become defensive when someone says something racist or sexism.
The internet is a social space where people can share ideas, and a racist or abusive comment is a form of racism.
If someone posts a racist comment, use the language of the person who made the comment.
If it comes from someone you don’t like, instead of making a direct comment about it, make a comment like: ‘That person needs to learn to speak better English’.
If the person in question doesn’t respond, ignore it. 5.
Don�t use Facebook to talk about your job As a young professional in the UK, I found myself spending a lot of time on Facebook.
As soon as I realised I was spending so much time on the site, I stopped posting about it.
I still use it as a place to meet people, to chat with friends, and to get advice on what I’m doing with my life.
It was an easy decision to make, but I have learnt to keep my eyes and ears open for other people who might be on Facebook talking about their jobs or their career.
If they’re just posting about themselves or talking about things they’ve never heard of before, that might be a good sign.
Donate if you want someone to talk About the number that are donating to the charity is rising.
This year, there have been an estimated 25,000 donors and more than one million donations have been made in the last few months.
The amount of time we spend online is incredibly addictive and many people are spending a disproportionate amount of their time online.
If something bad happens, the internet will take its toll on you, and you might find it difficult to recover.
Don`t take it personally If you find yourself getting into fights online, don�t get angry or upset about it and don’t let it affect you.
It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or third time online, the more you know about it the better.
If your anger is directed at the other user, the user will be more likely to do what you want.
If the other person has done something wrong or upset you, it might be helpful to explain that you aren’t angry about it but you still feel upset.
Watch what you say Don’t be afraid to listen and watch what you post on Facebook or YouTube.
If people are being rude, insulting, or offensive, they can be easily found by those looking to escalate the conversation.
If a friend or relative is being a jerk or harassing you, they will probably also be easy targets.