Internet Safety
The Internet is a very resourceful tool used by billions of people across the world to communicate with others, play games, and search varieties of information. When going on the internet, make sure you are safe, while also having fun.

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PasswordKidsHide your password. Only ever share it with your parents – never with your friends. Someone else could go online pretending to be you and do something that could get you into trouble.TeensWhen on IM, email, or other social networking devices, keep your username and password private, and change your password on a regular basis.ParentsWhen asked by friends or strangers, online or offline, teach your kids to never share Account IDs and passwords.

EmailAges 10 and older
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Spam
Don’t click on any spam, they may make you exposed to receive viruses, and you never know where you might end up.No matter how intimidating it is or what you have been guaranteed, NEVER forward spam on to your friends and family.When creating your email address, choose something complicated to presume. It’s paramount not to have any classifying information in your email address. ONLY give your private email address to friends and family. Don’t put your email out for everyone to see.If you ever receive spam that as an option to “unsubscribe” or be “detached” from their email list, DO NOT RESPOND. This may just verify your email address to the correspondent and cause you to get even more spam.Setting up junk mail filters and spam filters may present some security by directing assumed spam into a junk mail folder.

Viruses
Viruses have the power to delete files and possibly destroy your computer. Viruses can travel into your computer through email, from attachments or links. If you receive an email from someone you don’t know, don’t open the email, because it may contain viruses. The virus sender might trick you into opening it by sending deceiving words.

Chain Emails
Chain emails may promise you money, or come across as threats to people and frighten them. Some chain mail could lead to viruses. The idea of a chain email is to forward it on to a number of people on your contact list, but some types of chain mail could be a criminal offense. So, do not forward them, for it could get traced back to you.


Phishing and Bank Account Information:
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Phishing is basically a way of attempting to receive someone's personal information. Several emails will try and deceive you into giving away private information. Something as easy as receiving an email,supposedly sent from a bank or large business asking for you credit card details or bank account information, could happen to anyone. Say you receive an email telling you to update your bank account information. Then you open the link to your bank and fill in your bank account number and password, thus learning that you’ve been tricked by a criminal, who is now able to neglect your account. Some people have give out this information and lost a lot of money in this way.



Instant Messaging/Chat
All Ages
When on chat, make sure you know everyone in your contacts. Find out how to block or report someone if they seem sketchy or make you uncomfortable. When you’re talking to someone you don’t know in real life, don’t give out any of your personal information. Giving out your private information may make you vulnerable. If someone on your buddy list is acting strange, don’t pass them on to friend. Either block them or report them. Meeting someone through online massaging may be dangerous. If you want to meet them, bring an adult or caregiver with you, and make sure you meet in a public area during the daytime. Never accept mail from people you don’t know. Never share your password or username with anyone, and change your password on an ordinary basis. Don’t use your real name in chats, use a nickname, but not a name that will draw unwanted interest. NEVER SEND ABUSIVE MESSAGES. REMEMBER ITS FOREVER! Don’t say anything to someone on chat that you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. Just log out if anything or anyone makes you uncomfortable and tell your parent or guardian.


Cyber Bullying and HarassmentAges 6 and older
Cyberbullying occurs to millions of people each day across the world. Cyberbullying is when an individual is made fun of, black mailed, or insulted through various forms of technology by another bully or a group of bullies. For children, home is no longer a place to run from this predicament. This form of bullying follows an individual around everywhere. According to statistics, one third of every teenager has had a mean remark said about them online. If you or someone else you know is being cyberbullied tell a trusted adult immediately. Education and awareness is key to making sure every person knows what is occurring around them and what could be happening to them. Cyberbullying is a form of harassment. Harassment means to torment or irritate persistently. Certain forms of harassment may be unlawful in certain states in the United States. REPORT CYBERBULLIYNG AND HARASSMENT TO AN ADULT AND STOP THIS UNIVERSAL PROBLEM!!
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Sexual Predators and Sexting
Ages 8 and older
Sexting is using a cell phone or another electronic device to show videos or pictures of sexually explicit images, and of texting messages of sexual nature. These pictures may by sending, receiving, forwarding nude or nearly nude pictures through text message or email. This may be illegal due to the child-pornography laws across the country. An example of sexting would be sending a a picture of yourself naked to your boyfriend or girlfriend or being sent nude pictures from a person you met through social networking. The term sexual predator is used to describe a person who is seen as obtaining or trying to obtain sexual contact through the internet by "hunting" a sexual partner. A sexual offender is a person who commits sexual offense. This act is illegal everywhere in the country. An example of this might be, say a thirteen year old girl is talking to someone on chat through the internet, and is "supposedly"talking to another girl her age, but the girl is really an older 45 year old man. This man might send her pictures of himself naked or ask her to send pictures. He may then suggest meeting and kidnap her or commit a sexual offense. This is not right, and if you or someone is having this happen to you, STOP AND TELL SOMEONE!!!

Social Networking/FacebookAges 13 and older
Social Networking was created for people to communicate with friends and other members of the same site. It was made to enable real life friends to share information and interact on the internet, and eventually expand personal networks through mutual friends. Through social networking, 71% of people receive a message from someone they have never met before and 45% of people have been asked for personally information by someone they didn't know.Some examples of different social networking sites are Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, Myspace, and Tumblr. By becoming friends with an unknown person, you could be possibly could out unwanted information and could be giving them insight through your pictures and posts. Remember, not to put any personal information on your social networking sites.

Identity TheftAll Ages
Identity theft is a crime in which someone steals the personal information of another individual for the purpose of using the information fraudulently. This could include stealing someone's social security numbers, banking account and credit card numbers, patient records, passwords,or usernames. Through this information another person could steal money and open new credit card accounts. In order to try and prevent this from happening, don't use easy passwords and think of a difficult password only you would know, never give personal or financial information through the internet or phone, and shred already approved new credit cards and other financial documents before throwing them in the trash. Always the first step to preventing this problem is bringing awareness to it and know how and when you give out your personal information.