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.
- 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.
- Tell your parents or guardians right away if you come across any information
that makes you feel uncomfortable.
- 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
- Never send someone a scanned picture of yourself or your family without
first checking with your parents or guardians.
- Never give out your passwords to anyone (even your best friends) other than
your parents or guardians.
- 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.
- 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.
- Supervision of a child's or teen's access to the Internet is ultimately the
responsibility of the parent or guardian.