Internet Safety

Ages 5-7

When kids go onto the internet they can get in trouble that they are unaware of.If a child where to type in the wrong word in for example google images, bad things could come up and they would not know how to handle it.

Ages 8-12

Some children these ages, still believe the spam and pop-ups. They could enter In their info and personal identity and have it be stolen. Many children now days know there parents passwords. This means they can give them away to anyone.

Ages 13-18

Teens can enter chat rooms to talk to friends but instead are to talking to older people that have the same username or are convincing them that it is there friend. You can never trust that anyone is your friend on the Internet.

Ages 20-30

Many adults buy things online. If the sight is not secure the info can be given to anyone. If an adult is not very knowledgeable in computers, they can also believe spam. It is not unlikely for people to believe these things. The spam is believable and many people fall for it.

Ages 40-50

When adults in this age group go online they are normally checking their email or are online for work. These people still are victims of identity theft even if they are not just online for fun or to talk to friends like younger kids are. These people may not be just looking but can still receive spam on the side of there emails.

Ages 60 and over

When an adult in this age group they often are not as familiar with computers as a younger person would be.

Be careful of SOCIAL ENGINEERING ATTACKS. You should never give personal information away unless you are secure with the site. Some sites are marked in the search engine with “ https”. This means that it is a secure sight to enter information. Normally requests for information come into your email back and forth. You should never respond back to these emails on your email. If you are sure that it is a secure sight you should go to the site first. This method is called “phishing” This is a plot to find information and to find you.


Phishing is a scam where an person on the internet sends a scam or pop-up message to lure a person to give away personal and financial information.

Identity Theft:

Identity theft is when someone steals your personal information. This information can include credit card numbers, social security numbers, school account numbers, and phone numbers. Although these examples are just numbers they can also be letters. People can steal passwords and safety codes as well as secret question answers to different accounts. Something as simple as saying that you are somebody your not is identity theft.


Today, Facebook is a widely used social networking website to help you get in touch with people. Make sure that your privacy settings are closed to friends only. When you search for a person and click on the name you can either see just the name or you can see anything. On Facebook, check your privacy settings. Also, you can ask a friend to "unfriend" you and ask them what they can see when they search your name.

Instant Messaging:

When you receive an “IM” from a friend, normally you would respond. When you receive one from a person that you don’t know DO NOT RESPOND! Sometimes a person will say “Hey, It’s Sally” or something. If it is a name that you know ask a question that you know about that person and see if the answer is right or the one that you were thinking. This is when you tell them that you need to leave. When on Skype or Oovoo anyone can chat you even if you are not one of there contacts. Once you put your status symbol as “online” or “chat me”, anyone from anywhere can chat you. Do the same thing you would do for an online IM. Ask a question and make a smart move on the persons answer.

Chat Rooms:

Chat rooms are places anyone can go to chat to anyone. BE AWARE! Some people act like people they aren’t. If you are ever feel uncomfortable get offline ASAP.


Phishing is the most used form of scamming. When you log into your email, the pop-ups on the side and the flashing words are scams. The creator wants you to add your personal and financial information so at they can hack into your personal accounts or use your name.
Email and Passwords:

When you log into your email make sure that you are changing your password frequently. Your email is important. When you buy something online such as airline tickets, hotel reservations, or products, the site will send you an email conformation with your personal information. When a email comes asking for information and you don't know the sender, either delete it or report it as spam.

Bank Accounts:
Some bank accounts can be accessed online. If you are entering your information, make sure that the site is secure.Make sure you enter through the bank site. Do not enter through email. If the email gives you a link, you should always make sure it is the correct site and double check all information.

Cyberbullying and Harassment:

When someone harasses you or cyber bullies someone else, think about how that person may feel. They may feel upset or sad. Try to stop it and tell someone. Tell the person to stop and standup for yourself (if you are the one being bullied) or standup for the other person. Harassment is almost the same as cyberbullying. It is a more open subject. It can happen online or offline. You do not have to been on the internet for this to happen. Be careful who you are talking to and leave AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Words can be hurtful and can never be taken back. Do you want it to happen to you?

Sexting and Sexual Predators:
When someone sends a picture of themselves or anyone else nude, tell someone right away. They can send a picture to you through email,text,chat, or Facebook. If it happens to YOU....This is what you do..Delete the picture, tell an adult, and if it through chat,email, or Facebook delete the source it can from. Some people do it for humor or as a joke. Some people do it to scare you or get you involved. It is never a joke and needs to be taken seriously.