Geo location is when GPS can locate you by identifying your geographical location via satellite and allows you to post your physical location on any social networking site. When your location is shared online and you regularly sign or tag yourself in to the same place at the same time, it will not take long for someone to establish your daily or weekly routine. Checking into your favourite shop or cinema is a great way of letting your friends know where you are but the downside is that it is not only your friends that can see you.
It is possible to locate your whereabouts just by sending a picture to your social networking sites without tagging yourself in to a particular location. Hackers are able to track your location by mapping the exact place you took the picture as Smartphones leave a hi-tech invisible trail using the same geo tracking technology that locations applications like Foursquare and handheld map apps use. Free browser add-ons can translate the data into maps, pinpoint you and translate your location into ‘real time’. There are sites that repost your picture via Twitter and include your address by translating your data. Most people who post pictures on social media platforms are unaware that their pictures are on sites other than the ones they have posted to themselves.
If friends can find you then it is possible for anybody that you do not know to find you and if someone is bullying you, it gives them the opportunity to bully you and send intimidating, nasty messages when you are out with friends or family having fun. If you tag your friends into a particular location with you, they could also become a target for a bully and may also not want their information shared online.
If you are being bullied or are concerned about someone who is, you can receive help and support from one of our trained Mentors. We currently do not have the ability to provide support face to face or via the telephone and can only provide an e-mentoring service to those affected by bullying.
If you would like a Mentor to email you, please contact: email@example.com
If you would rather speak to someone over the telephone, you can call Childline on: 0800 1111
For any community-related issues, such as anti-social behaviour, we would suggest contacting your landlord, the local police or your local environmental health department (where applicable), as we are unable to deal with these types of complaints.