General: Do not open e-mails from people you do not know because it may be a scam. Avoid downloading free software online, unless it is from a reliable company. Some free programs are for certain devices. Install virus protection software, to check for updates.

Cyberbullying is NEVER acceptable. Cyberbullying affects many teens on a daily basis. It involves using technology, for example cell phones and the Internet, to bully or harass another person. Cyberbullying can be very damaging to adolescents. It can
Bullies-C.giflead to anxiety, depression, and even suicide. If you or someone you know is an online target make sure to report the bully to the website or service operator. Print out the evidence of the bullies behavior. Tell an adult and don’t reply to the nasty messages.

Phishing and Identity Theft:
Phishing is an act where Internet users send false request that look legitimate. They are trying to gain access to people’s bank accounts and credit card numbers. Phishing normally occurs through e-mails. Phishing affected 1.2 million U.S. citizens and cost businesses billions of dollars. Phishers choose which business to target and determine how to get e-mail addresses for the customers of that business. They often use the same mailing and address collection techniques as spammers. Once they know the business to spoof and who their victim is, phishers have methods for delivering the message and collecting the data. Most often, this involves e-mail addresses and a Web page. Then the phisher sends a phony message that appears to be from a reputable source. Phishers record the information victims enter into Web pages or popup windows. The phishers use the information they've gathered to make illegal purchases or otherwise commit fraud.

Sexting is the newest craze among teenagers and is very dangerous. Sexting is when a person takes a flirtatious, nude or semi-nude picture of their self and sends it to others through their cell phone or other means of texting device. Some kids are sexting to people they don’t know and met online. Some of the teenagers are sexting out of peer pressure and others do it for fun. Not only can sexting ruin reputations, but it can get teenagers arrested for distributing child pornography.20% of teenagers overall and 11% of young teen girls who are under the age of 16 have sent or posted nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves. 39% of teenagers are sending or posting sexually suggestive messages. 40 Percent of teenage girls said they sent sexually suggestive messages or images as “a joke.”Mobile-spy monitors every aspect of cell phone use. Find out if your kids are sexting, what they are texting and what websites the visit on their cell phone.

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Chat Rooms:
Chat rooms are a social communication and online face-to-face engagement. Americans of all ages enter and hang around in online chat rooms to catch up with friends, participate in discussions and generally escape their regular life. Widespread use of the Internet has threats and dangers to chat room users. One of the biggest threats on chat rooms is pedophiles, online stalkers, and other predators looking to exploit pre-teens and young teens. Offenders may try to get personal information such as location, phone numbers, or email addresses. If you or someone you know is being harassed on a chat room, report it immediately.


Social Network:
Social networking sites such as facebook, myspace, and instant messaging; these are great ways to communicate with friends online but it can also be hurtful and dangerous if your not careful. If you do have a Social Networking site explore the security settings and keep your passwords to yourself. Be thoughtful about what you post. Don’t put your safety or your future at risk. He words and images you post on the Internet may be available for years, and your profile may be viewed by future employers and school admissions officials, as well as identity thieves, spammers, and stalkers. Respect yourself and others online.

Children under the age of 5 may not be using the computer correctly.80% of children use the computer at least once a week. Some kids like the pop up images and click on them, this is bad because they can be scams. Scams that will ask you for your personal information.

93% of teenagers go online and 75% of teens have a cell phone. On average, teens receive and send about 1500 text messages a month. 1 out of 3 teens have experienced cyberbullying. Girls are more likely to be cyberbullyed than boys. (Girls-38% Boys-26%). 97% of teens play online games on the computer and 27% of the teens play games with people they don’t know.73% of teens have a profile on a social networking site such as Facebook and 47% have uploaded photos and 14% have uploaded videos.

Adults(over 18):
Details you share online about yourself and the people you interact with is stored somewhere online. People that post resumes that includes hobbies, past employers, past addresses, and professional associations. You may be exposing friends and family’s e-mail addresses by forwarding e-mails. Choose a strong password and don’t use the same password for all of your online activities. Bank accounts, credit cards, debit cards, PIN’s, phone calling card, Social Security Number, passport, driver’s license numb
er, birth date, wedding date, insurance policy numbers, loan numbers, VIN numbers, license plate, locker combinations, student ID, and more can help to identify you or put you at risk. Don’t place information about others online unless you ask permission and ask your friends and family to do the same for you.





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