The Internet can be a dangerous place if used without caution. There are things that you need to watch out for and information that you should always keep confidential while surfing the Internet. If you follow these simple rules, you can reduce the risk to yourself and your computer:
Tips to stay safe online
- Think twice if anyone asks you for your name, address, phone
- number, password, school name, parent’s name, picture of yourself,
- credit card number, or any other personal information.
- Ignore messages you get from people you don’t know.
- Never agree to meet face-to-face with someone you have met online
- without discussing it with your parents first.
- Don’t pay for services without first getting your parents’ permission.
- If you do happen to receive pornographic material or a threatening
- email, save the material and tell your parents immediately.
Safe browsing for kids
- Browsers designed specifically for kid-safe use can be found by searching online for safe browsers for kids.
- Browsers designed specifically for kids with autism can also be found.
- The McGruff browser for kids can be found at mcgruffbrowser.com
Chat Room Safety
- If you choose to go in chat rooms, you must be careful about who you talk to and what you talk about.
- Meeting someone in a chat room means you have no way of knowing who this person really is.
- Don’t share personal information in a chat room that you wouldn’t share in public.
- Keep in mind that meeting people online can be dangerous.
- If someone invites you into a private chat room, know that these chat rooms are not monitored for inappropriate conduct and you may be getting yourself into something dangerous.
- Ignore mean messages.
- If someone sends you messages or images with obscene or indecent
- material, report him or her to your Internet service provider.
- Choose a screen name that is gender neutral and doesn’t reveal your personal information.
- Talk with your parents about where you go and what you do on the Internet. Make sure you know what you should report as a crime and where to report it.
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