Internet Safety

So What Is Cyber Bullying, Exactly?

Cyber Bullying is bullying or harassment that takes place on the internet. It can be seen in emails, chat rooms, social networks, online gaming websites, and instant messaging.

HOW TO BE SAFE

-Never click on pop ups. No matter what they say, it is almost always a scam.
-Don't give out personal info online.This could cause identity theft and stalkers
-Refuse to join in group bullying, and tell your friends to do the same!






IF YOU ARE 6-12 YEARS OLD, THIS APPLIES TO YOU!!!!
Here are some ideas of what to do, how to stay safe, and how to prevent
- Think before you act!
*when talking to someone online it is easy to forget that they still have feelings and you can't say whatever you want. So be careful with your choice of words and what to say. Step away from the computer, take a deep breath, and think Is what I'm saying nice? How does the other person feel?
-Talk To Your Parents
*Your parents are the best people to talk to about cyber bullying and online activity. They care about your safety and know how to take action if you are being bullied


IF YOU ARE A TEEN, THIS APPLIES TO YOU!!!!!!!
Sadly, Cyber bullying is most common between teens. So here are some tips to stay safe, know how to react, and prevent bullying:

- Don't click on pop-ups

*many times, pop ups will try to convince you that you may win something, but don't be fooled. You aren't going to get anything. These pop-ups will actually bring you to an inappropriate

-Be aware of where cyber bullying can come from

*cyber bullying doesn't just exist on social networking sites, it can be in text messages, emails, chat rooms, and websites made just to bully someone

-Keep personal information and passwords private

* giving out one password may seem harmless but it could lead to someone impersonating you online

-Don't Talk To People You Don't Know

*if you have never met them in person then don't message them. What you think is a simple conversation, gives out more personal information then you want.

-Talk To Your Parents

*your mom and dad know how to deal with bullying and can help you through it

-Don't Communicate With Bullies

* This can help you avoid being bullied or becoming the bullier
IF YOU ARE IN YOUR 20s, THIS APPLIES TO YOU!!!!!!!

-Set Privacy Settings

*Websites only set privacy settings automatically for younger people, so go to your settings and make sure that only friends can see your profile or info

-Block Bullies

*if they can't communicate with you, then they can't bother you

IF YOU ARE IN YOU 50s, THIS APPLIES TO YOU!!!!!!!!

-Be careful of what you post online

-If you have kids, then be aware of what they are doing online


IF YOU ARE IN YOUR 70s, THEN THIS APPLIES TO YOU

-Know what you are doing online

*Sometimes the internet can be confusing, so take classes to better understand it

-Make sure you know what you are clicking on

*Clicking on a pop up doesn't make it go away, it just redirects you to a dangerous websites

Phishing

 What is Phishing?

Phishing is the act of sending an email in order to steal someone's identity. The email pretends to be a popular website and gets you to click on the link to their website, where they have you enter your personal information.

IDENTITY THEFT

Identity theft is when criminals impersonate their victims by stealing personal information. Criminals will often do this to gain money. So how do you prevent it? That's easy. Don't give out personal information online. Never click on links to websites in emails. These could be fake web adresses that look almost exactly like the website that you think you are going to.






INSTANT MESSAGING

Instant messaging can be great, but only with your friends. You should never talk to strangers, using instant messaging. Even, though you think that you are keeping personal information private, the simplest conversation can let this information out. Criminals will make you think that you can trust them and using your conversations with them, can find out what your real nachat_room.jpgme is, where you live, and what you look like.

CHAT ROOMS

Chat rooms can be very dangerous, especially since most of the time, you don't know who you are talking to.
So be extra careful in chat rooms and try to avoid them as best you can.

SCAMS

Scammers get you to send money and personal information. They ussually do this in pop ups, emails, and online ads. This is one of the reasons that you should never click on a link in an email from an unknown sender.

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SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES

Social Networks can give out a lot of information, such as location, picture, and personal information. You should never friend strangers because of this. Make sure that your privacy settings only let friends see your profile. Sadly, this cannot always stop people from viewing you profile, so make sure that you don't put up TOO MUCH information on it.


SEXUAL PREDATORS

Sexual predators often use the internet to gain the ability to have a sexual relationship with someone. They can be found almost anywhere on the internet, and are extremely dangerous. Sexual predators often pretend to be someone they are not in order to get close enough to you, so that you meet them face to face. This encounter often ends with rape or kidnapping.

EMAIL

Email is probably the most commonly used way of sending messages to people. It can also be dangerous though. Many scams and forms of phishing can come through email. So be aware of who is sending you the email and don't click on links if you don't know what they are.

PASSWORDS

Passwords are used foor a reason: to protect your privacy. Giving out your password for something online is like letting people into your personal life. Using an online password, they can acess almost everything about your life. This is why it is important for you to keep passwords private and NEVER give them out to anyone.

BANK ACCOUNT INFO

This is a main prize for identity theives. Many criminals use this information to buy things for themselves without using their own money. Instead your credit card gets charged or you get billed. So like may other things, it is crucial that you keep this information to yourself.Cyber-bullying.jpg

HARRASSMENT

Harrassment is a huge part of cyber bullying. It is when someone continually sends threats or stalks you. It can deeply affect people emotionally and physically. Online harassment sometimes leads to suicides and depression. It is very important that you never take part in horassment and if you are a victim of this, that you respond in a positive way. This could include ignoring the harasser or telling a trusted adult about your people.


CYBERBULLYING

Cyber Bullying is most of these topics combined. It is mostly a problem in the teenage group but can affect other ages too.
Cyberbullying can be stopped by telling a parent, blocking the bully, ignoring the bully, and reporting the bully.
You can also prevent cyber bullying by saying no to being a part of group bullying, and staying safe online.

SEXTING

Sexting is when someone sends sexually explicit messages or pictures by text messaging. You should never do this no mattter what. If someone ever sexts you, should tell a trusted adult or get your number changed, so that the predator can't get to you. Remember to always keep your phone number private, because if not, predators could obtain it and sext you.

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http://www.surfnetkids.com/go/safety/60/how-to-avoid-cyber-bullying/
http://www.stopbullying.gov/topics/cyberbullying/young_people/
http://www.ncpc.org/cyberbullying
http://435digital.com/blog/2011/01/27/cyberbullying-how-parents-can-prevent-it-and-stop-it/