1. Safe surfing tips and advice about safety online.
Do not tell anyone in any way your private information,ex: full name, home address, phone number, Social Security number. When you are talking online use a nickname that's different from your real name. That way, if you ever that makes you uncomfortable, you can exit without having to worry that someone knows your real name and can track you down via email. Some people who hang out with their friends online set up private ways to chat where only they and the people they invite can enter to chat. Meeting people online is more dangerous than other ways of making friends because it's so easy for people to pretend to be something they're not when you can't see them or talk in person. If you ever get involved in a chat room conversation that makes you feel uncomfortable or in danger, exit and tell a parent or other adult so they can report what had happened.
2. Know the risks kids face: scams and common threats.
Strangers aren't the only ones who can make you feel in an uncomfortable situation online. Cyberbullying refers bullying messages sent to you online. These might be from former friends or other people you know. They can be irritating and, in some cases, even frightening. If you get these bullying messages online, it's often better to ignore them rather than answer them. Cyberbullies are no different to any other kinds of bullies.Who might be angry or/and disturb people, and may be looking for attention or a reaction. If you're getting cyber bullied and ignoring it doesn't make it go away. Getting help from a parent or any other adult is the right thing to do, the thing you should do.
3. Protect yourself: Your identity, privacy, friends, etc.
There are many ways to protect yourself from giving away your private information. These are examples of things that you never give out, when it comes to information online:
- Your full name
- Your home address
- Your phone number (any number)
- Social security number
- Names of family members
- Credit card numbers
If given those things online, could lead you to very serious consequences. For example, if given an email pasword, people can hack into it, and find all of your information, and therefore, have all the power over your information, which leads to blackmail.
4. Social networking tips for teens
If you decide to start social networking, there are rules teens don’t know to follow.
- Be the age that was suggested, don’t break the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA)
- Use privacy settings, so you choose who sees your pictures.
- Talk to your parents about what you plan on posting.
- Think before you post, so you don’t get yourself into trouble.
- Be respectful: Don’t say post anything that will hurt someone’s feelings.
- Know anything that you post online can be hard to take back and can be shared, and used in a way you wouldn’t want it to be used.
5. Other Ideas related to safety online
Downloading from the Internet and sharing files can come with a set of risks and viruses you must be aware of. If you are getting an app that says free and it is usually not free, if you download it it will usually come with viruses and then you will have to wipe your computer clean and you will not have anything that you had downloaded before.
- Always use your antivirus software to scan files
- If you are using an additional piece of software to
download files, make sure you get software that you trust and be extra careful not to install anything dangerous.
- Be aware of what you are downloading and
sharing as there are potential criminal consequences to copyright infringement.
- Downloading viruses, malware and spyware are usually
disguised as movie downloads, or song downloads, so be careful, because, those could trick you.
- When you spread viruses and malware, you are actually
damaging the computers of those who you’re file sharing with.