Sarah C.

Internet Safety
Don't believe everything you see on the internet!
How to Be Safe!
What it takes to be safe is different for every generation. But some common things that everyone should know are:
  • Don't click on links! Especially if they are on websites, you don't where they are taking you and they could contain a virus!
  • Don't share your passwords with anyone, for any website.
  • Don't out personal information! It may be exciting to see that you've won a trip to Bermuda and all you have to do is give out some information about yourself. Don't do it! You didn't actually win anything, they just want your information. (Examples of information you shouldn't give out: your address, your phone number, and if you have them; your credit card number and your social security number.)

If you are over 13 these rules apply to you too!
  • Have strong privacy settings on Facebook and other social networking sites you are signed up for.
  • Don't IM people you don't know, they may not be who they say they are.
  • Don't use chat rooms! Many people aren't who they say they are!



Phishing
Phishing doesn't apply to everyone who uses the Internet, but it does apply to many. If you are over 18 then you should pay attention! But if not you don't have to worry about this as much.
  • Identity Theft- If you give out any personal information you could be subjected to identity theft
    - If a pop-up on website says you have won something all you have to do is give your...Don’t do it! You haven’t won anything, all they want is your information.
    - The information that you should not give out includes: Social Security Numbers, Credit Card Numbers, Address, Phone Numbers, Passwords, Emails, and IDs for other networks
  • Instant Messaging- From People You Don't Know!
- If you don’t know them don’t message them back.
-They may not be who they say they are.
-Even if they say that they live half-way across the world they could be lying, they could live on your street.
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- Be SMART-
S is For- SAFE- Be safe on the internet by being careful not to give out any personal information
M is For- MEETING - Meeting somebody you've only met online can be very dangerous. So don't do it!
A is For- ACCEPTING - Accepting anything online; such as, pictures, IMs, email and texts; can lead to various problems
R is For- RELIABLE - Not everyone is who they say they are
T is For- TELL - Tell someone you trust if someone you are talking to makes you feel uncomfortable


  • Scams
-Scams do not apply to children, mainly adults.There are multiple types of scams, they are all different and they all want different things but in the end all they do is make you miserable.
-Lottery Scams are when a pop-up or email says that you have won a very large sum of money in a lottery that you didn't enter. They may say all you have to do is put in your bank account number and it will be directly deposited to your bank account. They may say something else but all it is going to do is destroy your bank account.
- Charity Scams are when something in a pop-up or email or Facebook notice or something else asks you to donate to such and such a charity. Charity scams are very bad because you feel awful if you don't donate. But think about this, most of the time real charities don't have donations via email they are normally on the side of the street asking for donations in person.
-Scams are awful things that can happen to anyone who has the information to give out.
- Many scams are trying to trick you out of giving out your bank account information. The reason they want your bank account information is that they will use your money to buy things that they want.



Social Networking/ Cyber bullying
  • Facebook
- Have strong privacy settings so that random people can't see your profile.
- Don't friend random people/ accept random people's friend requests.
- Remember that once you post it you can't take it back.
  • Email
- Don't click on links that you receive in an email from someone you don't know.
- Some chain mail have viruses so don't keep sending them, especially if they have a link.
- Remember that once you post it you can't take it back.
  • Passwords
- Don't share your passwords with anyone.
- People could pretend to be you on your account and say stuff you don't want them to say.
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- Lots of bullies now don't stop after school. They will torment kids in their homes through the internet. Mostly they do this through social networking sites. If you or a friend is being bullied on or off the internet tell an adult.
  • Cyber bullying

- Cyber bullying can hurt people. It may seem like a joke but many people take it seriously.
- Cyber bullying is mean and cruel so if you see it happening or if you are a victim tell a parent or trusted adult.

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  • Sexting- This doesn't apply to you unless you have a cell phone, in the literal sense of the word. But you can also take pictures and send them in emails, so it applies to everybody that has an email, phone or even belong if you just belong to a social networking site.
- Sexting is bad because not only are you taking sexually explicit pictures of yourself but just because you send it to one person doesn't mean that they won't forward it to other people.
- People may ask for a sexually explicit picture of you, and they may even say that they won't send it to anyone or show anyone. Don't trust them, it doesn't matter if you know them or if they are somebody you've been talking to online, don't take that picture!
- These pictures could end up online for every one to see and even if you got somebody to delete it, it is still not gone forever. Somebody could have it saved somewhere in an email or in a phone and they could re-post it and keep re-posting it.
- So the best way for this never to happen is for you to never take that picture.
  • Sexual Predators- This applies to everybody over the age of 11.
- Sexual predators are people who pretend to be someone that they are not and plan to meet up with children/young adults. These children/young adults think that they are meeting up with online friends that are their age, not someone older. These children/young adults are then taken away and sexually abused by the person.
- A few ways that you can steer clear of sexual predators are:
- Don't friend people you don't know on social networking sites, and don't accept friend requests from people you don't know either.
- Don't talk to people you don't know in chat rooms.
- Don't give out personal information anywhere online unless you are positive that no one is going to find it.
- Personal information includes- address, phone number, last name, *bank account information, *social security number and *credit card information.
- * means if you have it.
- See if sexual predators live in your neighborhood at : www.familywatchdog.us


Links

http://www.chatdanger.com/
http://www.ollnet.com/school/faculty/DonRoque/shannon.htm
http://www.microsoft.com/security/default.aspx
http://www.safeteens.com/
http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams