Internet Safety
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Every time someone goes on the internet, there is a possibility that something bad is going to happen. For kids and teens it could be sexual predators, but for adults it could be identity theft. Young kids should never be allowed to be alone on the internet, talking to anyone they don't know. No one, mainly kids and teens, should ever give out their full name, address, name of school, email, phone number, passwords, social insurance number, mother's maiden name, or parent's place of work to people who might use it for the wrong reasons. If a kid or teen meets someone on the internet that they do not know, they should not met, share photos, or use things that involve web cams. REMEMBER: EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE INTERNET IS NOT ALWAYS TRUE!!! IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO YOU, TELL AN ADULT, DON'T LET IT GO! IF YOU EVER FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE, STOP, THINK, THEN TELL SOMEONE!!!!

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  • Don't click on pop-ups
  • Do not use "unsavory language"
  • Ask your parents to set rules about what you are and are not allowed to do on the internet
  • Don't give out personal information unless your parents give you permission
  • Never meet with a cyber friend or key pal unless your parents "tag" along
  • Don't plagiarize. This is breaking copyright laws.
  • Don't answer strange, mean, or upsetting emails from unknown people
  • Don't send pictures of yourself or your family, unless you have permission
  • If you read/see something on the internet that upsets you, tell your parents or your teacher right away

Tips for Kids under 7:

  • Sit with your parents when you are playing games or doing homework online.

  • Know what websites you're going on, in order to make sure they are safe for you.

  • Use a computer in a family room so that your parents can protect you online.

  • Make sure you have your parents talk to you bad people on the internet. DO NOT give out names, addresses, phone numbers etc.

  • Set up a passwords for websites and make sure you and your parents know this password.

  • Make sure you don’t click on pop-ups because it could be a bad site or not for your eyes.

  • Don't use instant messaging, e-mail, or chat rooms. If you do, make sure you are supervised by your parents.

  • Be open to share things with your parents, in case something bad does happen!

Tips for kids 8 to 10
  • Make sure rules are set up about the internet between you and your parents.
  • Don't be secretive when you are on the computer. Your parents might become worried or frightened.
  • Use kid-friendly search engines with parental controls.
  • Make sure you are only talking to people you know over the internet.
  • Go to your parents before you sign up for chat rooms, message boards, registration forms, personal profiles and online contests.
  • Let them use monitored chat rooms and message boards on reputable kids' sites only and with your permission.
  • Tell your parents about new online friends that you met and new sites you are going to.

Internet Safety Tips for Teens:
Many teens use Facebook, Skype, and Instant Messaging. Many teens also text people/friends. When using these types of technology, make sure you are only telling things about yourself to people you know. Also, don't friend random people on these Internet sites. Many people lie about who they are, and they could be anyone. When playing games that are connected to the Internet, this is okay to play with people you don't know. But make sure that you are not telling them personal information. Make sure you always keep your own safety first. Think about what your parents would do, and don't do anything stupid!

Safety for people between 20-60:

Make sure that you watch out for pop-ups, scams, viruses, and identity theft. Also do not give out your personal information, including bank account info, to anyone! Not everyone on the Internet it telling the truth, so watch out! If you are ever unsure about something on the Internet, ask someone who may know!

Safety for people 70-older:

At this age, generally older people have more trouble using the internet. They are not aware of eveything on the Internet, like we are. Many elders will give out their personal information, click on pop-ups, and use unsafe things. Make sure you are aware of what is going on on the Internet, and if you are having trouble, ask someone who may know!

Internet Safety:

This is important because you never know what is out there on the internet. The types of internet saftey is different for all people. Not all ages are affected by the same things. Little kids don't get scams, but they should be aware of sexual predators. Teens need to walk out for sexting and sexual predators. All people are in jeaporady of having their identites stolen. Make sure that when you're on the Internet, remember the rules you have been taught!

Chat rooms:
Chat rooms allow two or more people to talk over the Internet. Most children and teens use them. For children and teens, this can be unsafe. They might not even know the person they are talking. Make sure that if you are a parent, you are aware of whether or not your child is in a chat room. And if you are a kid, make sure you tell your parents if you are using chat rooms. Also, if you are and something bad happen or something that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell someone immediately. People often lie about their personal information in chat rooms because no one knows the truth. Chat rooms are divided by channels/networks to identity the topic the people are chatting about. Once in the chat room, you can leave the conversation and make a private one. A few chat rooms are watched for inappropriate content, but most are not. Predators often watch chats to get children into private conversations for possible sexual abuse. Most chat rooms are not safe. Do not do anything that will put you in a dangerous situation!

Facebook, Social Networking Sites, and Instant Messaging:

When using social networking sites, friends are able to connect with each other over the internet! Many teens and adults now a day have Facebook, YouTube, and MySpace, among many others. On Facebook, many people put up way too much information about themselves. You can put your birthday, school, full name, parents, interests, pictures of you and your friends, pictures of your family, and many other things. Most people do not tell their right age, and most of the time, people are friends with people they have never even heard of. This is a serious problem! Many people use instant messaging now a days, too. This is also a way of communicating with friends. Like on Facebook, people will lie about who they are. Make sure that you know who you are talking to, and don't do stupid things!

Identity Theft:
Many crazy and corrupt people today, steal other people's identities! Everybody has a social security number and if anyone gets a hold of this number, they can be you. Many people click on pop-ups which can say that you won an iPad, but they are really talking information down to become you. Some things that look safe, can really be unsafe. Beware of things that look questionable and don't give out personal information to people you do not know!

Email and Passwords:
Passwords are very important and should not be shared with anyone. This person could give it out to someone, use it against you, or accidentally do something they might regret in the long run. Passwords protect you from certain people not seeing information you might not want them to see. Email is also very important. When on email, anyone, anywhere, can email you. If you get an email from someone you do not know, don't open it and tell a parent right away. You should have a password for this, and make sure no one else knows it. Many things that have passwords are things that people do not want the world to access. When these things get out, they are accessed by anyone.

Bank Account Info and Scams:
Although sites look safe, they might as well be trying to steal things from you. Some sites have scams on them that will wipe out your computer, give it a virus, lie about winning prizes, or things of this nature. Some websites tell you to put in your bank account info, in order to win things. This is a scam and will hack your bank account. This might not only wipe out your computer, but it will wipe away your bank account!


Phishing is the creating and using fake but real looking e-mails and web sites to "hack" Internet users' identities and financial account information for the worng reasons. People on the Internet, believe they have received a vaild prize and they click on the link. Then they are taking to bad websites, can get viruses, and can have their computers destroyed by hackers. The most targeted webistes of interest for criminals belong to the financial services sector, ISPs, and on-line auction venues.

Sexting is sending sexually explicit information to people. Many people do this because they think it is cool, are asked to, or simply just think it's acceptable. Well, this is never acceptable for anyone. If you ever receive things that make you feel uncomfortable, tell someone. If you are getting things that you do not want to get, this is harassment. This is unacceptable. Sexting is too!



Sexual Predators:
Sexual Predators are people who look for other people, mainly kids to sexually abuse/assualt.

Tactics predators use include:

  • Try to get kids to erase their conversations. This clears up all evidence.
  • Tell kids that their parents will get angry if they find out. This makes the child afraid to tell their parents.
  • They gain trust by pretending to have common interests with the kids.
  • Encourage kids to reveal fears and secrets. When its not face to face, children find it easier to communicate.
  • Trying to find out private information about family, friends, school or where they hang out.
  • Sending inappropriate pictures or asking for photos of you.
  • Giving special gifts

This is a very important topic that everyone should know about. If you are receiving anything, emails, texts, photos, and others, that make you feel uncomfortable, tell someone. This person will most likely tell you to tell this person to stop. If this person who is sending you this stuff doesn't stop, this is harassment. This is a serious issue and can not be left alone. If someone is harassing you, tell a parent. Friends might be the easiest person to tell, but they might not always be right. Parents will understand no matter what! Tell them first!

Many people don't know how serious cyberbulling actually is. To you, you might not think about how extreme things can get. Some people get so upset that they take their own lives, hurt other people, or become depressed. When people think of bullying, they think of the physical kind. But most bullying happens over word of mouth! Now a days, most happens over the internet. This is called cyberbullying. Although people might not always mean the things they say, there is no way to tell over the internet. Someone could say something joking around, and you would never know. When in person, you know the way people say things! When on the internet, stay away from saying things that you wouldn't want people to say to you.

From the ABC Family movie: Cyberbully

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