By Zoey Jones
The internet is awesome for getting information
and transferring thoughts and ideas, buying hard to find things
and meeting people from around the world. The reality is though,
for as cool as it all seems, cyber space can be as scary as
it is impressive. There are a lot of creeps out there and
it's up to you to be an educated web user to protect
yourself and those you care about from predators on-line.
The most obvious safety precaution anyone
can take on line is to chat with only people you know. This
seems like great advice, but one of the coolest parts of being
on the web is that you can introduce yourself to so many people
with shared interests from all over the world, so limiting
yourself to people you know may not be an option for you.
If you want to meet new people on line
and have in-depth conversations and possibly develop friendships
along the way, here are some important precautions to take.
Be Web Safe:
- Don't use your real name -
use a code name. If you do use your real name, just make
sure you don't use both first and last name.
- Never, ever give out personal information
such as the city or town in which you live, your address,
telephone number, parent's work addresses and telephone
numbers or the name and location of the school you attend.
- Never send a picture of yourself.
- Never agree to get together in person
with someone you've met online unless your parents
or other responsible person knows of your actions, approves
of the meeting and then goes with you to the meeting.
- Do not respond to message that make
you feel uncomfortable. Tell someone.
- Do not reveal your internet password
- Talk to your parents or guardian about
what you're doing online.
- Be a good internet citizen and don't
send messages that make others uncomfortable or may be illegal.
- Remember - all the lessons you
learned about dealing with strangers apply to anyone you're
dealing with online.
Don't be afraid to surf the net,
just use common sense and pay attention. If you feel an online
chat buddy is pressuring you in any way - get off line
and tell someone. You don't have to do anything you
don't want to. Follow these rules, have fun and chat
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