Before you go surfing the net, check out our top ten safety tips.
Our Web Safety Top Ten
Don't share your information with just anyone. Personal information collected by marketers and strangers can be used in ways that you don't really expect.
- Recognize that personal information includes the name of your school or sports team - and not just your ID numbers, address or phone number. (It's not a good idea to share any of that information)
- Talk to your parents first before meeting anyone you make friends with on the internet. If they give permission, meet in a public place, and take someone with you who can keep you safe.
- Be careful when using your cell phone, especially if it is GPS enabled. The same rules apply to the computer and your phone.
Think about what you want the world to know. What you post today will be on the Internet for a long time - and you may not be able to delete it.
- Get permission from your friends before posting pictures of them, especially if the pictures are weird or embarrassing. It's called being a good friend.
- Remember that the Internet is real life - so don't do anything online that you wouldn't do in person. Don't "talk" to people who make you feel uncomfortable, and don't make others uncomfortable.
- If you are targeted by a cyberbully, don't respond or retaliate. Remove yourself from the situation by using your privacy settings to block the bully out, or leave the chat room. If harassment continues, talk to someone you trust.
- Don't ever talk about sex with strangers. Don't get involved with "sexting", even with people you know - it's illegal.
If something does go wrong - you receive frightening messages or texts, are directed to sites that make you uncomfortable, or anything else that just seems wrong - trust your instincts. Stay away, and tell someone you trust like a parent or teacher. Talk to someone who can DO something to help.
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