Teen Safety on the Internet
The Internet is a fun way to "meet" new
friends, get information, and learn about the world. It is important
that you use caution and avoid potential problems so you can safely enjoy
being online. Here are some tips to avoid such problems:
safe sites for young people.
|Do not enter "adults only" sites. They may contain offensive
or sexual material that is not intended for people your age. Choose
safe sites for young people instead.
|If someone you don't know well contacts you through email or chat, be
careful. If they say or do anything that makes you feel
uncomfortable, leave that area and do not respond to their messages..
Remember, people you meet in cyberspace might not be who they seem to
|Avoid giving out your name, address, phone number or any private
information (such as the name of your school) to anyone you don't trust or
know personally. They might use that information to find out who you are.
|Never give anyone else your password. No matter why they say they need
it or who they say they are, they don't. If someone asks you for your
password, report them to your online service provider or your parents. If
you think someone knows your password, change it.
careful about who sees what.
|Protect your privacy. Surfing the ‘net seems anonymous, but Web sites
you visit may gather your e-mail address or other information, or record
which sites you've visited in a "cookie" which they or another
site can retrieve later, without your knowledge or consent. Learn about
the privacy and security features of your Web browser, and use them. For
example, you may want to get a warning if a site tries to give you a
cookie, or you may decide to disable cookies altogether. You can customize
your Web browser’s e-mail settings to use a pseudonym instead of your
real name, and a blank or false e-mail address. If you want to give
someone your real name or e-mail address, you can give it to them in your
reveal yourself to strangers.
|Be cautious about revealing any information that could identify you. For
example, if you give someone your listed phone number, they can get your
real name and street address.
in public, be courteous and careful.
|When you're online in any kind of a public forum, you're out in public
and anyone can read whatever you post. If you send e-mail, for
example, your identity and your electronic address may be visible to the
other people reading the message.
|Never get together with someone you've met online. Remember, you
never really know if people you meet online are who they say they are. You
might put yourself in danger by meeting them even if you think you know
the person and trust them. If you do feel it's appropriate to meet
with someone, talk to your parents first. Have your parents talk
with the parents of the other person beforehand, and both of you should
bring your parents along on the first meeting. Never go to the
meeting by yourself. Arrange to meet in a public place, like a coffee shop
or mall. Pick somewhere public and neutral where you feel
comfortable and that you are familiar with. If you're traveling to
visit them in their town or neighborhood, you should pick a place you're
comfortable with when you arrive. Remember that when you meet
someone you've chatted with online, you're really meeting them for the
first time. When you're online you don't have non-verbal cues, such as
voice inflection or body language, to guide your judgment of their honesty
or intentions. If you are old enough to date, read the
Tips for more suggestions.
you're harassed, report it.
|If you're harassed online or victimized by someone you've met, let your
parents and LAMBDA's Anti-Violence Project know about it. If you get
a message that is mean or in any way makes you feel uncomfortable, don't
respond to it. Instead, show the message to your parents, a trusted adult,
or to LAMBDA to see if there is anything you can do to make it stop.
Sending a response often just encourages the person to send more.
to your parents.
| Let you parents help you decide which areas of the Internet are
safe and appropriate for you.
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