The Internet is a wonderful place to visit and have fun, but it has its dangers too. Following these simple rules will help keep you safe online:
- Be skeptical - Not everything that glitters is gold, especially on the Internet, and not everyone online who claims to be a teenager, is.
- Don't meet Internet "friends" in person - Children should not meet someone in person that they met on the Internet.
- Don't post personal information - Children should not post or send their personal identifying information, including their picture, to others.
- Tell a trusted adult - Children need to tell parents, or a trusted adult, if someone they are talking to on the Internet has asked them for personal information, has made them feel uncomfortable, has attempted to meet them in person or has threatened to commit a violent act against themselves or others.
- Treat others the way that you would want to be treated - Before sending out an embarrassing or hurtful message consider that there is a real person on the other end of the computer who may be hurt by your actions. Also, threatening messages, intended as a joke or not, may result in the filing of criminal charges.
- Think before you click - Once it's gone, it's gone forever. Think before hitting the send button.