Teen Internet Safety Tips
With a few Internet safety tips, your online experience can be amazing!
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.
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