Internet Safety Hints

Never give anyone your real name, home address, school name, name of your favorite sports team or telephone number in a chat room, bulletin board or any other public message.

  • Never respond to messages or bulletin board items that are: suggestive, threatening, obscene, belligerent, or any messages that make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Be sure that you are dealing with someone that you and your parents know and trust before giving out any personal information about yourself via e-mail. Get to know your ?online friends? just as you get to know all of your other friends.
  • Never send a person a picture of you without first checking with your parent or guardian.
  • Be careful when someone offers you something for nothing, such as gifts and money. Be very careful about any offers that involve your coming to a meeting or having someone visit your house.
  • Never arrange a face-to-face meeting without telling your parent or guardian. If your parent or guardian agrees to the meeting, make sure that you meet in a public place and have a parent or guardian with you.
  • Tell your parent or guardian right away if you come across any information that makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Remember that people online may not be who they seem. Because you can’t see or even hear the person it would be easy for someone to misrepresent him- or herself. So, someone saying that ?she? is a ?12-year-old-girl? could really be an older man pretending.