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Online/ Web Safety

More and more teenagers are logging on to the Internet every day. Although the Internet is a great source for research projects and other information there are also dangers involved with surfing the Web. The Web allows you to be completely anonymous. Someone who says that he is a 15-year-old boy may actually be a 50-year-old man playacting to be a teen for inappropriate reasons. As a result, assenting to meet in person with someone you encountered over the Internet is extremely risky, as this can result in sexual assault or even murder.

How to Stay Safe on the Internet?

  • Never give out personal information, such as your name, home address or phone number, the name of your school, pictures, credit card numbers or the names of your parents without permission from your parents.
  • Do not meet in person with someone you met online.
  • Do not give out your password to anyone.
  • In chat rooms, use a name that is not gender-specific so you are less likely to receive pornographic material or other forms of harassment. If you do receive pornographic material, report it to your local police department.
  • E-mail Safety
  • Do not open links or files from people you do not know.
  • Never respond to e-mails with pornographic or other inappropriate material.
  • Do not respond to advertisements — this confirms that you have a working e-mail account, and you will only receive more junk e-mail

Chat Rooms

Chat rooms can be particularly dangerous. Even when chat rooms are specifically for teens, participants are not necessarily all teens. Someone you meet in the chat room may actually be an adult predator who has made up an identity to hide his or her age.