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Internet Safety
Internet Safety

The Internet is a wonderful resource, but it is important for you to be safe while online. Millions of people access the internet each day, and some
may misrepresent who they are and try to cause harm to young adults like yourself.  

Internet Safety Tips

  • Keep usernames and profiles generic and anonymous  Some online screen name(s), profile(s), and activities provide too much personal information. Ensure all screen names and profiles are non-specific and purposely vague.
  • Avoid posting personal photos
    Pictures can be altered to embarass or humiliate. They also provide personal information that can help someone on the internet pretend to know you and/or your friends.
  • Always keep private information private
    With just three pieces of personal information, specialized internet search engines can be used to locate someone anywhere. Internet conversations should never include any personal information.
  • Keep the computer in an open area  A responsible adult should always accompany minors while they access the internet to provide support and direction should they be confronted with an aggressive solicitation or inappropriate materials.
  • Know who you are talking to  Make certain you personally know everyone on your e-mail "buddy" list.  Can you be sure the person trying to "friend" you is really who they claim to be?

The four Rs of Internet Safety

RECOGNIZE techniques used by online solicators to groom and deceive their victims.
REFUSE all requests for personal information, to keep the relationship secret or to meet anywhere.
RESPOND assertively by exiting the program, logging off or turning off the computer.
REPORT suspicious or dangerous contact that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Internet safety tips from www.isafe.org

Check out these links for some good information about staying safe online:

http://www.bcso-ma.us/parentallinks.htm

ConnectSafely.org has great tips regarding safe social networking.