Internet Safety

A chatroom is a place where two or more people can speak over the internet using text or video chat. Some popular chatrooms are ChatRoulette, Omegle, Zingled, Tinychat, and Runescape. There are public chatrooms and private chatrooms. Public chatrooms are with a bunch of people, whereas a private chatroom usually is only just two . Don't agree to go to a private chatroom with someone you don't know. If someone starts asking you questions about your personal life (address, last name, what school you go to), do not answer. Log off if the person is making you feel uncomfortable. Get a parent's permission before going into a chatroom. Some predators often lurk in chatrooms to trick younger kids into going into private chatrooms and getting their personal information.

  • Get your parents permission before entering a chatroom.
  • Never give out personal information.
  • Don't give out your age without asking your parents first.
  • Don't do anything you don't want to do online.
  • Never agree to meet people from the internet in person.
  • Anything that you post online can be seen by anyone.
  • People online may not be who they say they are.
  • Don't do something online that you wouldn't do in real life.


Phishing is when you get an email or letter and it is supposed to be posing as a real bank or person. If you get emails from people saying things like, "There is someone in India who if you just give a few dollars could come over to America to get a job and live a happy life," than that would be considered phishing. If you see something where you just have to give your social security number or credit card number to win a free iPad, then that would be considered phishing also. Do NOT give your personal information to someone you don't trust. They could just be scamming you to get your money and possibly steal your identity.
  • If you receive a fake phone call, take down the caller's information and report it to your local authorities.
  • Be careful when someone offers you something for free, like gifts or money. You don't know what their motives are. Decline the offer and tell your parents.
  • Close out of windows that say you have won a free iPad or laptop. It could be a scam or it can give your computer a virus.


Tips for kids under 7:
  • Have your parents by you when using the internet
  • Do not go on a website without your parent’s permission first
  • Do not give out your name, phone number or address
  • Don't talk to people you don't know over the internet.
  • Don't use instant messaging, e-mail, or chat rooms at this age.

Children as young as five are being targeted in a new online safety campaign backed by the government.
It is thought 80% of children in this age group use the web and one-in-five parents of this age group worry about who their children contact online.
Experts say that by raising awareness of web risks at an early age, children will be better protected.
One of the organizations in the safety campaign - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center (Ceop) - is one of the many which have been behind campaigns designed to help children and teenagers to keep themselves safe from online predators.
The organization believes that by raising awareness of online risks at an early age, children will be better protected as they grow up.
When it was set up nearly four years ago, it began by running campaigns in secondary schools for teenagers and has gradually targeted younger and younger groups.

Tips for kids 8-10:
  • Ask your parents before you sign up for anything that needs your personal information.
  • Block messages and emails from people you don’t know.
  • Don't use instant messaging.
  • Get permission from your parents to use certain chat rooms and other websites.
  • Talk to your parents about new online friends that you are meeting and new sites you are visiting.
  • Do not play any games that are not appropriate for you.
  • Don't send pictures of yourself to anyone.
  • Check the age requirement before joining a website. If you aren't old enough, don't join.
  • Do not add anyone you don't know if there is a friends list on a website.
  • If anyone uses bad language or offends you, log off.
  • Do not spend too much time on the internet.
  • Don't share your password with anyone.
  • Make sure the URL is spelled correctly before pressing the enter button.
  • Don't put your parents credit card number online.

Tips for teens:
  • Don't believe everything you see on the internet.
  • Don't become friends with people you are suspicious about.
  • Don't give out information about yourself.
  • Block your profile so that only people you're friends with can see it.
  • Stay away from websites intended ONLY for adults.
  • Don't download anything illegally.
  • Don't share your passwords with anyone.
  • Don't accept friend requests from people you don't know.
  • Don't agree to meet someone from the internet in a secluded spot/without a parents permission.

Tips for young adults:
  • Get a virus protection on your computer in case you open a file with a virus in it
  • Don't let anyone go onto any of your accounts.
  • Protect your bank account.

Tips for 50 year olds:
  • Don't click on anything that says you won something for free.
  • Learn how to work your computer for using the internet.
  • Delete any emails if you don't know who it's from.
  • Get a virus protection on your computer.

Tips for 70 year olds:
  • Learn how to use your computer before exploring the internet.
  • If you don't know what you're doing, call someone and ask.
  • Get a virus protection.

Protecting your Identity
  • Never give out full name, full address, phone number, name of the school you go to or other information that may identify you. If registration requires this information always get parents permission. Never give this information out in an IM message.
  • Protect your password.Never give it out to anyone.
  • Stay away from strangers on the internet. Don't click on a popup that might say that you have won something for free.
  • Use a different name online.
  • Only post stuff about you that you are comfortable with other people seeing.
  • Don't use your name, address or hometown on your profile unless it's protected so that only your friends can see it.

Social Networking Sites
Social networking sites are places where you can join to talk and chat with others. Some examples of these may be Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Dailybooth, my Yearbook and Tumblr. There are ways to stay safe on sites like these. Twitter and Facebook are places where you can share what you're thinking or talk with others. Tumblr is a blogging website, and Dailybooth is where you post pictures of yourself daily (DAILYbooth). Try to stay away from talking to people you don't know and posting pictures of yourself online. Don NOT give out personal information. Think about how the site works before joining it. Remember that what you post will always stay on the CAN'T be deleted. Keep your profile restricted to your friends only, if the site allows you to. Post only information that you're comfortable with other people seeing.

Email and Passwords
Most people between the ages of 11 and 18 have an email address. Most of them go online everyday. Some people get emails that they don't want, also known as spam, and some contain viruses. If you get an unwanted email, mark it as spam and delete it right away. Do not open emails from people you may not know.
Your bank account information should NEVER be given out to somebody else except for your parents. It is your own privacy and nobody else should have access to it. Keep your password and login to yourself and never say how much money you have in your account. It's easy for someone to find out your information and steal your money.

Sexting is when a person sends a picture of themselves, nude, to someone else usually over text message or email. Do NOT do this because you could get into big trouble if your parents found out. If someone sends you a naked picture of themselves, tell your parents and avoid talking to that person.

Harassment over the internet can take place in many different ways: getting unwanted, abusive, or threatening emails. Another way would be spamming people with junk emails. These emails may include viruses, so don't open them. If somebody is harassing you over the internet contact your FBI local office.



Random Facts
  • 66% of students in Grades 4 to 11 use instant messaging:
    • 28% in Grade 4
    • 43% in Grade 5
  • 22% of students in Grades 4 to 11 have a web cam33% of Grade 4 students use email
    • 14% in Grade 5

  • 15% of Grade 4 students communicate in chat rooms, and this increases to 23% by Grade 5.
  • in North America, 70 out of 100 surf the internet.

  • 19% of internet users are from the United States.