Internet Safety

Ages 5 and under:
Scams~ while online, don't be fooled by flashy signs like this one under here. 
If you click on this sign it will ask you to give your personal information such as full name, email, and phone number to "claim" the supposed prize. Don't click on anything like this!

Ages 6 - 12:
Chat rooms~ don't chat with strangers!!!!Never give out your real name, address or any other personal information in chat rooms.Never agree to meet with someone you met in a chat room that you don't know personally, tell your parents if anyone asks to meet with you.chat_rooms.jpgInstant Messaging~ Don't reply to messages from people you don't know or anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.examples: if someone's rude to you, don't reply and tell a parent or someone you trust

Cyberbullying~ Don't post anything on the internet that you will regret later on!Treat other people with respect online, don't be mean to them or say mean things about them to others.Protect your phone number by using privacy settings.



Sexting~ Is when kids/teens send nude or sexually explicit pics using their phones. Don't do it at all because it is illegal, you can get in serious trouble if caught doing it. Talk to your parents if you have been sent a nude photo and it keeps happening again and again and you feel uncomfortable. This is called harassment and it will be stopped.Sexting can also you, when you send a photo to a friend then that friend will send it to someone else and it will be sent again creating a cycle of distribution.
Social Networking~ Think one more time about what you post on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Only add people that you know personally because not everyone is who they say they are. Don't be naive and chat people you do not know because they can take advantage of you and manipulate you!


Ages 20 - 40:

Identity Theft~ This is when your personal information has been stolen. Thieves use this information to steal your money and ruin your reputation. To prevent this from happening make sure your credit cards, social security number and bank accounts are private. Regularly check your credit history which is the record of of your borrowing and payments to see if there has been a drastic change. Once your identity is stolen it can take several days to get everything to normal and you can never feel a sense of safety that you had before it got stolen. You can change your bank account password or credit card account but you can never change your birthday or birthplace which can cause your identity to be stolen again. So you need to prevent it from happening at all!

Phishing~ Is when thieves try to disguise themselves by posing as your bank, the government or anything else that you would believe as being official to get personal information out of you. Links sent to your email that ask you to give your credit card number or password are an example. Scams could be an example of phishing because the purpose is to gain information about you. To protect yourself don't open emails from senders you don't know of.

Email~ Choose a safe email address that doesn't give out any information such as name birthday or birthplace. Don't use provocative or flirty email addresses because it could attract unwanted attention. Be careful of chain emails because other people the email was sent to can see your email address. Think twice before opening links from people you don't know because it could result in viruses in your computer. Make sure if you want your full name listed on emails you send because anyone you send an email to can see it.

Passwords~ Choose a strong password which contains letters as well as numbers and symbols. Don't use the same password for several things. Change you password often so that your less likely to be hacked.


Harassment~ Financial abuse of seniors done to gain their account information and stealing their money.
Sometimes done by their own family members, emotional abuse such as accusations and rage. Report harassment because it is not okay.