The internet is a great place to learn new and exciting things online. Most importantly, you should be safe and have fun while using it. Here are some tips for you to learn how to be smart and safe while you are online. if you feel threatened or uncomfortable in any way online, tell your parents, guardian, a teacher or the librarian.
- Personal Information. Don't give out personal information without your parents' permission. This means you should not share your last name, home address, school name or telephone number. Remember, just because someone asks for information about you, it does not mean you have to tell them anything about yourself!
- Passwords. Don't share your password with anyone but your parents. When you use a public computer, make sure you logout of the accounts you have accessed before leaving the terminal.
- Talk to your parents before you open an email attachment or download software. Attachments sometimes contain viruses. never open an attachment from someone you don't know.
- Don't post photos or videos online without getting your parents' permission.
- Many social networking websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Second Life and MySpace and blog hosting websites have minimum age requirements to signup. These requirements are here to protect you!
- Talk to your librarian , teacher or parent about safe and accurate websites for research. The public library offers lots of resources. If you use online information in a school project make sure you explain where you got the information.