Private messaging: staying safe - handy tips

10 Nov 2017 16:12

Staying in contact with Cancer Chat friends is easy with private messaging. It’s a great way to keep in touch, so we’ve put together some tips to help keep you safe while you’re chatting:

- Don’t accept a friend request if you don’t know the person, or don’t feel comfortable talking to them away from the public forum.

- If you accept a friend request and you no longer wish to speak to that person privately, you can block them at any time:

- Report a private message to the moderators immediately if, for any reason, you feel uncomfortable about a message you’ve received. This includes anyone sending you spam, unsolicited information, invitations to connect outside of Cancer Chat (e.g. via email or telephone), and offers of help which seem too good to be true.

Please be aware that the Cancer Chat moderation team can’t view your private messages. The only way for us to view a message is if you report it

- If you’re thinking of meeting up with a person you’ve chatted with privately, please stay safe. You’ll see from our Terms & conditions that we advise caution if you want to meet another Cancer Chat user. If you do choose to meet another user you do so at your own risk and should take common sense precautions.

- If you would rather not be contacted by private message or if you don’t want to receive friend requests, you can turn both of these features off. See our help guide for instructions.