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 Internet Safety

Staying safe online is just as important as staying safe anywhere else. While it may feel that you couldn't ever be in real danger while online, the truth it that there are precautions that you must take to stay safe. Read the following tips, talk with your peers and parents about safety rules and guidelines for the Internet and make smart choices while online.
  1. Never give out personal information such as your address, telephone number, parents or guardians' work address/telephone number, or the name and location of your school without your parents' or guardians' permission.
  2. Tell your parents or guardians right away if you come across any information that makes you feel uncomfortable.
  3. Never agree to get together with someone you "meet" online without first checking with your parents or guardians. If your parents or guardians agree to the meeting, be sure that it is in a public place and bring your parent or guardian along.
  4. Never send someone a scanned picture of yourself or your family without first checking with your parents or guardians.
  5. Never give out your passwords to anyone (even your best friends) other than your parents or guardians.
  6. Do not respond to any messages that are mean or make you feel uncomfortable. It is not your fault if you get a message like that, but tell your parents or guardians about it right away so that they can contact the online service.
  7. Talk with your parents or guardians about these safety rules. Set some additional rules with them about your online activities. Decide upon the time of day that you can be online, the length of time you can be online and appropriate areas for you to visit. Do not access other areas or break these rules without permission from your parents or guardians.
  8. Supervision of a child's or teen's access to the Internet is ultimately the responsibility of the parent or guardian.