How can I keep myself safe online?
Online safety is so important for kids. There are a few things you can remember that will help you stay safe:
- Never give out your password to anyone, not even your best friend! Most internet service providers will not ask for your password, and your parents should always decide whether or not they really need to give it out.
- Never tell anyone your name, your address, your telephone number or any other personal information about yourself unless you have permission from your parents first. You never know who you're talking to for real, even if you think you do.
- Never agree to meet an online friend without permission from a parent. If you get permisssion your parent should come with you and you should meet in a public area.
- Parents should always surf with you, but if they don't and you find yourself somewhere online that makes you uncomfortable, just leave!
- Never respond to someone who is sending you threatening messages. Tell your parents and let them deal with it. Responding to them just makes them do it even more. You can report harassment at your internet service provider.
- If you're allowed to use chatrooms, you should always use one that is monitored 24/7 by adults. Chatrooms that are not monitored aren't safe.
- If someone that you don't know sends you an attached file, link in an e-mail, link in an instant message or picture on an e-mail, don't open it. I clicked on a link that someone had sent me in an instant message when I was 11, and the person had sent me a trojan. My whole computer crashed and my parents weren't very happy!
- Never send a picture of yourself to anyone without checking with your parents first to see if it's ok.
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