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Internet Safety

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Internet Safety is a very important part of our curriculum.
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image of net smartWatch Videos on Internet Safety for Teens from NSTeens - A program from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

 

 

 

 


Here a few Internet safety tips from WebMD, your online experience can be amazing and safe if you follow these tips! (WebMD)

  1. Keep Your Online Identity Secret -
    Don’t tell anyone your real name and address or what neighborhood you live in. Here’s the general rule: Don’t give out any information that a predator could possibly use to find you.

     
  2. Your Username and Password Belong to You … And Only You -
    Don’t give your username or password to anyone. It's just that simple. What if a friend logs on and pretends to be you, and then says something really awful and gets you in trouble? Sure, it might seem funny to the “former”friend, but it’s serious and it happens everyday. With your username and password, someone can post language that gets you expelled from school, in trouble with your parents, or even in trouble with the law. Keep your name and password private.

     
  3.  The Internet has a Great Memory … So Keep Its Memory of You Clean
    Just because the Internet is so massive does not mean that embarrassing or risqué pictures, rude or mean comments, or illegal activities will disappear forever. Watch what you post about yourself or others -- or allow your friends to post about you -- because you may have to live with it for a long, long time.

     
  4. Be Good Online … Just Like You Are Offline
    Writing “hate” emails, hacking into other people’s computers, illegally downloading music or movies and making online threats are just as illegal on the Internet as they are in the real world. You cannot hide behind a screen name and get away with it. Watch what you write -- because someone else is watching what you write!

     
  5. Be Extremely Careful about Meeting Someone in Person
    The FBI gives an all-out blanket warning: “Never meet anyone in person that you meet online.” That said, many teens do make good friends online. You just have to be super-cautious and make sure other people you know and trust also know this “new” online person.

    If you do decide to meet the new person, bring your parents with you. All of you meet together in a public area like a mall where there are tons of people around. Ask that the person’s parents come, too. If the situation feels creepy, it probably is creepy! Just like in the real world, trust your gut instincts -- and walk away.

  6. Your Parents Are Ultimately Responsible for Minors Online
    Even if your parents don’t know much about the Internet, tell them what types of web sites you go to. They will probably be interested and impressed with your Internet skills. They may also help you avoid potential problems if a web site or new "friend" looks sketchy.