“It is like, totally anonymous, so
no one worries about getting in
trouble. Lots of kids would never
do this stuff in the ‘real world.’”—13
year old boy
Six Things to Remember
for Web Safety
1. Some people lie.
2. You can’t control who will see your posting.
3. Strangers can find you using information
4. It’s not your fault if you receive
5. Parents/guardians care and want you safe.
6. Rules from “real life” apply.
Some people lie.
Think you know that cute boy you’ve
been instant messaging for hours?
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He may be lying about who he is.
Meet James David Carol, age 51.
Convicted in California trying to meet
a 14-year-old he found online
Never agree to meet an online “friend”
without your parents’ knowledge.
1. The biggest danger to your Internet safety
is getting together with someone you
2. You can never be positive that people you
meet online are who they say they are.
3. Discuss all your meeting plans with your
Anyone might see
what you post.
Never post anything on the Web
that you wouldn’t want the whole world
to see or know.
Anyone Can See and Read What You Post:
• Mom, Dad, Grandma
• Your future boss
• Your chosen college
Think before you post.
ANY information posted
on the Web can last
FOREVER, even if you
have deleted it yourself.
Photos, videos, blogs,
Strangers can find you based
on what you share online.
Never Share Personal Information Online:
• Name of your school
• Names of any sport teams
• Phone numbers
• Names of malls near you
• Any private information
Keep your private information private.
Keep their information private too.
Never open e-mail from strangers or
click on any attachments.
Don’t reply to unknown screen names on IMs.
Don’t use your Web camera with strangers.
It isn’t your fault if you get a
message that makes you
If you get a message that is hostile or
inappropriate, don’t respond.
Instead, show the message to your parents or
trusted adult to see if there is anything that can
be done to put a stop to it.
If you access an inappropriate Web
1. Tell a grown-up
. . . meanwhile
2. Use the back button
or reduce the window
Your parents & guardians care
& want you to be safe.
Talk with Your Parents About
Ground Rules for Going
• Communicating with your parents doesn’t
mean you have to give up your privacy.
• Reasonable limits can help keep you safe.
– when you can go online
– how long you can stay online
– what you can do online.
Rules from “real life” apply.
Never use the Internet to harass or bully others.
• It’s easy to be mean when you’re not face to face.
• It seems safe and anonymous, but you can still be
• It could be criminal.
• Respect for the law
• Respect for others
Find the “good” online
• Good friends
• Good Web sites
• Good games
— and enjoy!
Information on Web Safety was found at:
Office of the Minnesota Attorney General
Library Media Services for the Hopkins Public Schools