Teen Internet Safety Tips
With a few Internet safety tips, your online experience can be amazing!
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.
Some Extra Words of Caution
Almost Everything on the Internet Is Traceable
Every search, web site visit, online posting and email is registered or
recorded somewhere on the Internet. Once you send something out on the
Internet, it's almost impossible to take it back. You have to be careful --
not impulsive -- when you write email or go to chat rooms.
People Live in "Fantasyland" Online
Even though someone writes, “Hi, I’m a really cool 15-year-old guy from New
York City,” in reality that guy may be a 60-year-old man or even your next-door
neighbor. Use scrutiny and caution.
Your Information Can Be Sold to Others
how that web site uses all the personal information about you, like your name.
In some cases, though, when you’re not looking, some web sites ignore their
your email one day, you might have 150 spam emails in your inbox as a result.
If a web site is asking for too much information about you, take control and
leave the site. (Again, would you give this information to some older stranger
at the mall? Probably not.)
What about Nude Photos and Sex Sites?
You’ve probably come across some explicit sexual material on the Internet.
That’s because pornography is big business on the web. If you come across a
pornography site or get pornographic email, take control: Leave the site or
delete the email.
Remember, pornography is not real life. It's made up -- the men and women
are acting. In real life, real people don't act that way with each other. There
are much better ways to learn about real sex if you're curious -- like WebMD’s
Is It Safe to Post Photos of Myself on the Internet?
No way! In terms of bad ideas, this one tops the chart! John Shehan from the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based in Alexandria,
Virginia, says that posting or emailing sexual pictures of yourself can be
embarrassing -- and dangerous. “Teens quickly learn the hard way that images
are forever memorialized online, and they are almost impossible to delete,”
If someone asks you to send them sexual pictures, be very suspicious --
and don't do it. Alert your parents. Shehan says that teens who send out
one sexual picture can sometimes be blackmailed to send more, when the sexual
predator threatens to post the first picture online for millions to see -- or
show it to your family or friends.