Tips for Internet Safety:

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Tips for internet Safety:


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  • NEVER give your password to anyone!
  • Never post anything or say anything on the internet that you don’t want everyone to see
  • If you are under 18, always talk to a parent before you do anything on the internet
  • If something seems sketchy on the internet, don’t be afraid to leave the site or tell a parent
  • Don’t open emails that have spam
  • DO NOT give out personal information
  • If you are talking to someone on the internet you don’t know, be cautious of what you are talking about
  • Be aware of the fact that there are predators out there, and could be posing as teens or someone your age
  • If someone posts something unkind on your wall or about you, do not be afraid to report them
  • Do not trust anything you read on the internet
  • Never meet someone from the internet without having a parent or someone there with you, or without telling someone first

Information for all ages:Under 5 Years of Age:

Most five-year-olds and under are not on the internet unless they are playing fun games. When they are playing these games ads can pop up though, so they have to be careful not to click on them because they could be spam and could give the computer a critical virus that could crash it. So if you have younger siblings under the age of five tell them to be careful and not to click on the ads because it could be harmful to the computer. Also, they could type in something wrong and make a mistake they could end up on a site they did not want to be on and that is inappropriate for them so they should be monitored while on the internet.

6-12 Years of Age:

Six-year-olds to twelve-year-olds have to be very cautious on the internet too. The same rules apply to them that apply to five-year-olds. They still have to be careful about what they click on because that could give their computer a virus. This age group has to be more aware that there are bad people out there on the internet that could hurt them. They have to know that not everything on the internet is safe and appropriate for them. Since they are getting older, they are getting more responsibility, they have to be extremely careful about what they do on the internet.

Teenagers:

Teens have more responsibility than younger children. Most teens have Facebook and other social networking accounts so they have to be very careful about their passwords and not to give them out to anyone because they could be hacked. Teens also have to be careful about predators that are out there. It is very easy for a predator to trick a young teen and hurt them. Teens also have to worry about cyberbullying and what they post on the internet because once you post it, you can never take it back. They also have to be safe and cautious when they’re texting, in chat rooms, or instant messaging because the people they talk to could save messages they send and later use it against them to hurt them.

People in Their Twenties:

People in their twenties are young and new to the real world, they can be very naïve. They have to be careful about keeping their passwords safe and only to themselves just like teens but they also have to worry about their bank account information and social security number. They could be scammed and lose everything in the blink of an eye because they thought they could trust someone. They have to be aware of phishing and fake emails and scams.

People in Their Fifties:

Fifty-year-olds need to keep their passwords a secret also. They also could be harmed and taken advantage of. They need to be careful of their social security number, bank account information, and scams. Their identity could easily be stolen if this information is not kept private. They could believe a fake email created by phishing and give away all their bank information and they could lose everything.

People in Their Seventies:

Seventy-year-olds are naïve and don’t like to think of the world as it really is, they like to see it as it was while they were growing up but the world has changed greatly since they were growing up. They could be easily taken advantage of because they are trusting. They could believe a scam or fake email and give out all their information and lose their identity. They could also click on ads that pop up and that could give their computer a serious virus that could hurt it. They too, need to keep their password a secret from everyone so they don’t get hacked.

Be Aware of the Dangers:

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Phishing is the act of sending an email to a user falsely claiming to be an established, legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The e-mail directs the user to visit a web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers that the legitimate organization already has. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s information. Emails are very easy to produce and very easy to make fakes ones look legitimate. Emails are productive and are mostly helpful but can be dangerous. They could be trying to get personal information that could be used to harm you or could be spam filled with viruses that can hurt your computer.


Cyber bullying, Harassment, Facebook

"Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is not called cyberbullying. Harassment is to persistently disturb or torment someone who does not want it. There are many examples of this in our world today, such as repeatedly sending a message a person does not want or sending photos of someone that they did not give permission to be viewed. Facebook is a way to keep in touch with friends and is usually used just for that, and to have fun with your friends, but sometimes it can be used as a weapon more than for the original purpose. Anyone can post something mean or harassing on your wall, if they are “friends” with you. Also, if you don’t have the right privacy settings, anyone can see your wall, all your information, and all your photos. Facebook can be very dangerous, so you need to be really careful if you have one.


Sexting, Chat Rooms, Instant Messaging, Sexual Predators

Sexting is the act of sending dirty text messages to someone who you hope to have sexual relations with later. You should never do this! Once you send these messages, you can never get them back and someone can take pictures or forward them to anyone and humiliate you. This one little action could ruin your reputation forever. You also have to be careful about what you say when your instant messaging. People can take pictures of what you say and once it’s out there you cannot get it back. This is a very unforgiving world and you have to be very careful about what you do. Chat rooms can also be very dangerous but it depends on what kind of chat room you’re in. a chat room is an internet destination for people to meet and talk to other users. Some chat rooms are safe and are for friends to talk to friends but others are filled with creepers and sexual predators. You shouldn’t get on these chat rooms, they can be dangerous and scary. Sexual predators could be on these chats and could trick you into telling them personal information about yourself that they could use to hurt you. Sexual predators are not labeled, we can’t tell who they are just by looking at them, this can be very dangerous. Most are actually really nice, or so they act, to gain your trust and then make a move to hurt you. It is easy for them to pose as a teenager or someone your age over the internet so that you tell them information that makes it possible for them to find you and potentially harm you. It is very scary how easy it is for them to trick young people, especially young girls. You need to be very careful about what you say on the internet and you should always know who you are talking to on the internet.

Identity Theft, Passwords, Bank Account Info, Scams

Identity theft is a form of fraud or cheating of another person’s identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person’s identity. It occurs when someone takes your name, social security number, or credit card number. If someone has this information about you it can be very dangerous. They can buy a lot of stuff in your name or commit fraud or other crimes. A way to help stop identity theft is to keep your passwords to yourself. This is one of the most important rules on the internet. NEVER give your password out to anyone! Someone who you don’t want to have it could get it and damage whatever it is. That is one very common mistake. You cannot trust anyone with your personal information, especially your bank account information. If someone gets there hands on that, than they could have access to all your payments, accounts, and all your money. They could spend all your money and you would have no way of getting it back. You also have to be very careful about scams. Scams are things that try to trick you or get something out of you. Many scams include trying to get people to give out their bank account information or social security number. It is very easy to make a scam look legitimate, which is why many people fall for it and end up getting hurt in the end.

Identity Theft, Passwords, Bank Account Info, Scams

Identity theft is a form of fraud or cheating of another person’s identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person’s identity. It occurs when someone takes your name, social security number, or credit card number. If someone has this information about you it can be very dangerous. They can buy a lot of stuff in your name or commit fraud or other crimes. A way to help stop identity theft is to keep your passwords to yourself. This is one of the most important rules on the internet. NEVER give your password out to anyone! Someone who you don’t want to have it could get it and damage whatever it is. That is one very common mistake. You cannot trust anyone with your personal information, especially your bank account information. If someone gets there hands on that, than they could have access to all your payments, accounts, and all your money. They could spend all your money and you would have no way of getting it back. You also have to be very careful about scams. Scams are things that try to trick you or get something out of you. Many scams include trying to get people to give out their bank account information or social security number. It is very easy to make a scam look legitimate, which is why many people fall for it and end up getting hurt in the end.


Sources:

http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/P/phishing.html
http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/what_is_cyberbullying_exactly.html
http://www.ehow.com/about_5389674_information-chat-rooms.html
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/consumers/about-identity-theft.html