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.