Internet Safety Rules

Stay Safe on the internet

Watch out for internet predetors

1. Never give out personal information on the Internet, such as their address, telephone number, the name or location of their school, or their parents' names. Websites or other online services may ask children for information in order to enter special contests or to obtain free gifts. Other websites won't allow access unless the user gives them personal information. However, once personal information is given, it is important that your children understand that their privacy can be compromised. Their names could end up on a sales database, or worse, the information could be used to harm or exploit them.

2. Be cautious when developing a website. Children should know never to post a home address, telephone number, or personal photograph on the site. If children wish to have people contact them, they should post an email address. However, children should be aware that once an email address is posted, they may receive unwanted messages. Children should be very cautious when opening any email from an unknown address. If children receive messages that are threatening or make them feel uncomfortable, they should immediately inform their parents or teacher.

3. Always inform their parents or teachers when they come across anything online that makes them uncomfortable. Parents and children can alert their Internet provider or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children hot line at 1-800-843-5678.

4. Never, under any circumstances, agree to meet face-to-face someone they have corresponded with online without a parent's permission. If a meeting is arranged, make sure that it takes place in public and that parents always accompany the child.

5. Avoid chat rooms. They could put a child in danger.

6. be suspicious of anyone they meet in a chat room who tries to turn them against their family, friends, or teachers.

7. Choose a gender-neutral online name in a chat room to avoid harassment. Never give out your real name!

8. Never respond to messages or bulletin boards that are obscene, threatening, or make them feel uncomfortable in any way.

9. Never send any personal materials to an online friend, such as an address, telephone number, or photograph, without first informing parents.

10. Always be reminded that the people they meet online may not be who they say they are.

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