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The Internet is a great place to talk with friends, play games, and learn new things, but you have to be safe while doing those things.
Always remember to never give out your password. If you give out your password to a friend, someone you don’t want to have your password could get it and do something you don’t want.

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Be Safe During Chat!
All Ages:
Always remember that people you meet on chat are strangers. You do not know exactly who they are so they could be anybody. They may not be the person they say they are so no matter how long you have been talking to them always be careful. Always keep your personal information such as your name, address, phone number, private emails, and pictures to yourself. They are personal! Do not give out a friend’s personal information either. They could become vulnerable as well. If you ever feel unsafe on chat stop talking to them and tell an someone like a trusted adult. Learn how to block and report other users if they are behaving badly or making you feel uncomfortable. Learn how to keep a record of key things as well because it is easier to explain a problem if you can show someone than just saying it.

Email: Ages 10 and older
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Spam is email that comes straight to your email address and it tries to sell you things such that you don’t want to buy. Do not click on spam no matter how tempting it is. It can give your computer viruses and show you things you do not want to see. If you ever suspect an email o be spam. Delete it and do not open it. To not get spam in your inbox, you can set up a folder in your email where spam is directly sent.

Viruses can damage your computer, delete files, and get personal information off of your computer. They travel in emails through attachment and links. To protect against viruses, do not open emails from a sender you do not know and do not click on the link. Some virus senders will try to deceive you into opening it by writing messages
that get your attention.

Chain Email:
Chain emails are emails someone made that sometimes promises money and can sometimes be threatening to the recipient. Chain emails can even give you viruses. They can be annoying or offensive and certain kinds of chain emails could be considered a criminal offense. It is a good idea no to forward them because a criminal offense could be traced back to you.

Cyberbullying and Harassment: Ages 6 and older

Cyberbullying is the sending of harmful and cruel words through the Internet and electronic devices. The goal for the bully is to harass, embarrass, humiliate and threaten the victim. A lot of cyberbullies are unidentified, but they are usually people from school, neighborhood, or other places where you meet people and talk to friends. If you are being cyberbullied, tell an adult and do not just wait for it to stop. Take action and stop the cyberbully from doing it to you and maybe even to other people. If you know someone who is being cyberbullied and that person has not told someone, tell someone yourself. Always remember that it is not worth taking your life. You are an important person and your life is worth living. Cyberbullying is a very common form of harassment. Harassment is when you pester, disturb, or trouble another person repeatedly. For example, if someone keeps sending you mean messages and won’t stop that is harassment. Always tell an adult if someone is causing you to be upset.

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Phishing And Bank Account Information: Ages 18 and older

Phishing is when an email that is supposedly from a bank or other large company is sent to you trying to get you to give them your bank or card information. It is a way for a criminal to retrieve your personal information. The email asks you to click on a link and update your account information. The link goes to a website that looks like a real bank and you put in your information. By doing this, the

criminal now has your bank information and can now buy things under your name and with your money. Do not give out your bank account information! Always be sure that it is a real bank before you do anything.

Identity Theft: Ages 16 and older
Identity theft is when someone steals your identity by getting your social security number or credit card number. Because they have your social security number and credit card number, they can pretend to be you and anything they do would be traced back to you. Some of the things could even be illegal. The theft can do multiple things before he or she is caught. Some examples are, create a bank account, write bad checks, get government benefits, rent a house, get a job, and many other things you wouldn’t think they could do with your social security number and credit card number. Don’t forget that they would be doing these things all under your name. If your identity is ever stolen you should file a police report, check you credit reports, and notify other people. Passwords are very important in preventing identity theft.

Passwords: All Ages
Passwords are very important for protecting your information on the internet. They prevent people from getting information that you don’t want them to have. Never give out your password to anyone, even friends because they could mistakenly pass it on to someone else and then that person would have it and then pass it on to another person. If you give out your password, people could get onto your social networking pages and write things that could be offensive to other people. They could also get personal information which could lead to identity theft. Keep your passwords to yourself!

Sexting And Sexual Predators: Ages 8 and older
Sexting is when a person sends a sexual photo, message, or video on a mobile device. It can seem innocent at times, but it can have serious consequences both legally and socially. A sexual image could be sent to someone who does not want to receive it as well. If you receive a picture or message that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell an adult you can trust.
Sexual predators pretend to be someone your age with similar interests on chat rooms and social networking sites. They often try to trick you by saying that they are in one of your classes or that you went to the same camp last year or other things like that. If you are talking to someone you do not know do not give your personal information and do not accept an invitation to meet that person, especially if an adult is not with you. That person could really be a sexual predator and, if you did not have an adult with you, could harm you.

Social Networking Sites: Ages 12 and older
Social networking sites are a great way to talk to friends and are very fun to use. Some of the social networking sites are Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. The most important thing to remember is to not put any personal information and whatever pictures or information you post is out there for the world to see.

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BY: Rachel Jarboe