SAFE SURFING TIPS:
Usually people who request personal info use this to send you ads. But sometimes predators use this info to begin indecent or illegal relationships or to harm a person's or family's well-being. So:
- Remain as anonymous as possible. Never give out your full name, address, phone num., social security #, passwords, name of family members, or credit card info.
- Create an email or screen name with random numbers & letters that don't identify whether you're a guy or a girl.
- Meeting online friends in the real world carries more risks because people can easily pretend to be something they're not.
- If you get involved in a chatroom conversation that makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason, tell an adult right away so they can report the incident. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has a reporting form called CyberTipline.
- Cyberbullying refers to cruel/bullying messages sent to you online - maybe from former friends or others you know. It's better to ignore the messages than to answer them. If ignoring them doesn't make them go away, tell a parent, school counselor, or trusted adult - especially if the emails contain threats.
- If you don't recognize the sender of a document or file that needs to be downloaded, delete it without opening it. And make sure your virus protection software is up-to-date.