Internet Safey
You may not realize it, but every time you log on to the internet, your safety is in danger. Even if you are certain that your web searches are safe, you can never be too sure!!! and you should also remember that everything on the internet can be modified and edited. Here are some ways that you can be safe from harmful things on the internet like scams, cyberbullying, protecting you personal information and more!!

Cyberbullying (Children ages 6-16)

Children every day are cyberbullied by email, text messages, social networks, and other online forms of communication. There are two basic causes of cyberbulling:

1.) The bully tends to feel safer and more confident when they are anonymous or not speaking straight to the victim


2.) Children feel safer when giving away personal information, pictures, etc. online.

  • 1/5 children and teens are bullied online, daily

  • Only 58% have actually told their parents or guardians.

  • 21% of teens receive threatening emails

If you are a child or teenager who is being bullied online or by text, here are some things you can do:

  • TELL SOMEONE!!!! You can expect a persistent bully to leave if you don't tell them to stop. Even if they keep bullying you

  • Never respond to cyber harassment.

  • Write down the email address of someone who emails you threatening emails, so that you remember to not reply when you see them.

  • If you get a text from a cyberbully, have your parents block that number from your phone.

  • Never trust ANYONE, but your parents, with passwords.

  • Don't put you email, phone number, or home address on social networking

    sites like Facebook or Myspace.

Social Networking(Children, teens and adults)

Social networking describes a variety of websites like Facebook, YouTube, World of Warcraft, Moshi Monsters and MySpace. All of these services let users have direct contact with other people. Users can post information about themselves, display photos, tell people what they’ve been up to, chat and games. Social networking forms a part of the social identity of many site users.

While social networking offers many benefits, there are risks. Sometimes people can forget who they are communicating with online and who might see the information they post. It can be easier for children and teens to say and do things online that they might not do offline. It can also be easier to talk to strangers online than it is offline, and they may confide too much in people they don’t know well.


It is important that users of these social networking sites understand

the risks associated with giving information out about themselves online and know how to manage both their privacy and online ‘friends’.

A recent addition to social networking services are location based services which enable users to report their physical location to others via their mobile phone. This is an increasingly popular function in services like Foursquare and Facebook. Using this function, users can use mobiles to physically locate friends and others from social networking sites. Individuals can ‘check-in’ from a location to let others know their whereabouts.

On some social networking services, the location services are turned on by default. To manage these services, you should think about reviewing the social networking settings to block the function or to limit who sees their location based information. You may also like to contact your cell phone company for assistance with blocking internet, Bluetooth and GPS on their child’s mobile phone to limit their ability to notify others of their whereabouts.

With more than 650 million users worldwide, Facebook is the world's favorite online activity. The more you know about how it works, the safer you will be while you connect with friends, interesting people and family. You should remember to set special privacy settings so that everyone who looks at your profile does not see your personal information, friends, pictures, etc. Remember to NEVER put personal information up online such as you phone number, address, and email. Also, disable location services such as Check In on Facebook.

-Online, children, teens and adults can be exposed to material that is inappropriate or even harmful for them. This could be material that is sexually inappropriate or offensive or violent. It may also be content that is racist and encourages hatred towards particular groups, or material that encourages unsafe behavior such as eating disorders. Material that is considered inappropriate can vary depending on family and cultural standards or values.

Phishing and Online Banking(Adults ages 20-70s)

Online banking

-For many people, online banking is an easy way to access accounts and manage finances. Online banking provides instant access to accounts, enabling users to easily transfer money, pay bills and keep track of spending. If you have concerns about the validity of a banking website contact the bank direct using a known phone number from the White Pages to verify their website address and details. When transacting on the website look for "https://" in the website's address and a locked padlock in the bottom of the screen.

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-Online shops, also e-stores, virtual shops or online stores, offer consumer goods or services over the internet. Online shoppers create accounts, view goods and services on the website and use credit cards or other methods to pay for transactions. With a few basic precautions, it is safe to shop online. Shopping with well-established and recognized retailers who use secure websites for transactions is a good start. Look for "https://" in the website's address and a locked padlock in the bottom of the screen. Read store reviews and check their reputation.


  • Always remember, YOU ARE NEVER THE 100,000,000 visitor to a website!

  • Whenever you see pop-ups like this, you just need to close the site that you are currently on.

  • Phishing is when scammers use pop-ups that usually say that you have won a prize and need to click on the link they supply you to claim it.

  • Scams, although, are not always easy to spot. Sometimes phishing scams are presented in emails sent by

  • fake banks, insurance companies and other false businesses.

  • The makers of these scams intend to acquire your credit card information, usernames and passwords by presenting a trustworthy setting for you to fill in your information.

  • Usually, they get your information by telling you lies like: "Someone has attempted to access your account, please go to the link below to verify your account information." and "Congratulations! You have been selected to complete the following survey and claim your prize of a new iPad 2!"

  • Sadly, most of the people who believe phishing scams are the elderly, because they have not grown up with the internet they are more subject to scams.

  • Also, there is only one way to avoid scams: read the fine print of all emails and pop-ups to ensure your security.


Tips for Children: (Ages 5 and under)

  • Always go on you computer with a mom, dad, or another adult.

  • Check with your parents before going on any website, so you know that its okay to use.

  • Have your parents set up secret passwords for websites that you need them for so you never forget them and so that your parents know them too!

  • NEVER click on something that shows inappropriate material.

  • DO NOT give out personal information such as your home address, phone number, or email address.

  • You should ALWAYS use age appropriate sites.

Sexting,Sexual Predators & Chat rooms(teens)

  • It is NEVER okay to engage in sexually explicit behavior on the internet, text messaging, etc.

  • Sexting is when you send sexually inappropriate messages or pictures through text messaging or email.

  • If someone sends you messages of this kind, you MUST tell your parents immediately!

  • Remember NOT to reply anything but "Please stop!".

  • Even if you only send material of this kind to one person, they are most likely going to forward it to others.

  • If you are asked to send messages of this kind, DO NOT!, no matter who asks.

  • Messages that are sent through email, and even text are easily forwarded and stored in data bases.

  • When you send someone pictures or messages with sexual content, you show them that you are naive and are not worth getting to know on a personal level.

  • Everyday children are tricked by adults into thinking they are other children their ages.

  • Never respond to emails or texts from people who you do not know.

  • It is best to stay away from chat rooms such as Chatroulette or Omegle because instead of chatting with multiple friends, strangers are randomly selected to 'chat' with you.

  • Chat rooms are not regulated by site officials, which means that when you enter one, you are subject to whatever the other user pleases to say .

  • You never know who your really talking to when you log on to open chat rooms.

  • Just because someone tells you something about his/herself online does not prove that it's true.

  • Let your parents know what chat rooms you go to so they can decide if they are appropriate for you to see


Email and Passwords(all ages)

Nowadays almost everyone has an email account. Email has quickly become one of the most popular ways of online communication with children, teens, and adults. You should always be aware of spam and phishing emails that are sent to your account. There are many treacherous things that can be sent to your email:

viruses that are emailed though a link

  • Pornographic links

  • emails that are sent to access your account information

  • Scams that intend to gain your bank account information

Children should never answer emails from people that they don't know. Many scammers target children and the elderly because they are more susceptible to believe these lies.

Chain emails have become popular in the last five years, or so. Chain emails are emails that are forwarded from one email to another. They usually say something like: "Thirty years ago, today, a man was hit by a bus and was killed. If you do not forward this to 50 people in the next hour, he will come to haunt you forever."

You should NEVER share passwords with ANYONE! Even if you give it to your closest friend or a significant other, relationships change over time, in a few weeks you may regret giving it to them. Others who receive your password can use it to access bank accounts, put viruses on you computer, but most importantly, they can ruin your reputation by sending unkind emails to others, changing information about , etc .