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                                 INTERNET SAFETY
    You need to be careful on so-called ―social networking sites‖ (like Myspace and Facebook).
They make you feel like you’re among friends—but the whole world wide web is watching! Don’t
underestimate how far-reaching these sites are. Remember to respect your privacy, and the
privacy of your friends and acquaintances, whenever you post personal information online.

                              Internet Safety Tips for Teens*
 Remember – Honesty is the best policy, most people don’t believe that though. So when
  you’re out there in cyberspace, watch yourself. You never know when 5’6‖, blond and
  female could actually mean 6’3‖, hairy and male. Don’t believe everything you see online.

 Be leery of those who want to know too much. There is no rule that says you have to tell
  them where you live, what your last name is, or anything else personal. Your business is
  your business. Let them stick to theirs. And trust your instincts. If someone makes you feel
  uncomfortable, leave.

 We all remember the ―buddy system‖ from kindergarten. Sure, you are no longer in
  kindergarten, but the system still works. If you’re planning on meeting up with somebody
  you met online, bring a friend, or even your parents along with you and encourage your
  online acquaintance to bring theirs too. It sounds stupid, but it’s definitely the smart idea. At
  the very least, make sure your real friends know what you are doing.

 Before you take a running leap at the streets and a hard-knock life, let somebody know how
  you are feeling. Try talking to an understanding relative or friend, or call the confidential
  NATIONAL RUNAWAY SWITCHBOARD at 800.786.2929. There are better, more
  trustworthy resources than a stranger in a chat room.

 If you get suspicious e-mails, files, or pictures from someone you don’t know and trust, trash
  them just like any other junk mail. You could have a lot to lose by trusting someone you’ve
  never even met. The same goes for clicking links or URLs that look suspicious – just don’t
  do it.

 Avoid chat rooms or discussion areas that look sketchy or provocative, and don’t let people
  online trick you into thinking of them as real-life friends if you’ve never met them in person.
  Just the same, don’t let people goad you into online fights. If you go looking for trouble on
  the internet, you’ll find it, and things can get out of control really fast.


Additional safety information is available at:
www.getnetwise.org, www.safeteens.com, www.cyberbullying.org, & www.netsmartzkids.org



  *Safety Tip for Teens is reproduced here with permission from the author, THE INTERNET
EDUCATION FOUNDATION. For more information, log on to their website at
www.getnetwise.org.
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                                 THINK BEFORE YOU POST*
   Webcam sessions and photos can be easily captured, and users can continue to circulate
those images online. In some cases people believed they were interacting with trusted friends
but later found their images were distributed to others or posted on web sites.
   You may come across offensive or inappropriate images and videos while surfing the web.

CAUTION:
 Use webcams or post photos online only with parents’ and guardians’ knowledge and
  supervision.
 Ask yourself if you would be embarrassed if your friends or family saw the pictures or video
  you post online. If the answer is yes, then you need to stop.
 Be aware of what is in the camera’s field of vision and remember to turn the camera off when
  it is not in use.
 Be careful about posting identity-revealing or sexually provocative photos. Don’t post photos
  of others – even your friends - without permission from your friends’ parents or guardians.
  Remember – once such images are posted you give up control of them and you can never
  get them back.

WHAT TO REPORT

   Anyone you don’t know who asks you for personal information, photos or videos.

   Unsolicited obscene material from people or companies you don’t know.

   Misleading URLs on the Internet that point you to sites containing harmful materials rather
   than what you were looking for.

   Anyone who wants to send you photos or videos containing obscene content of individuals
   18 and younger. (The possession, manufacturing, or distributing of child pornography is
   illegal.)

   Online enticement for offline sexual activities. (No one should be making sexual invitations
   to you online – and it’s an especially serious crime for adults to do it.)

   If any of the above happens to you or a friend, tell an adult you trust and report it to the
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s www.Cyber.com




  *THINK BEFORE YOU POST, Sharing and Posting Personal Information Online—National
Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s website at www.missingkids.com

				
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