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SAFETY ON THE INTERNET

Isn't it fun to explore the Internet? It has everything from cool games to information that can help you get an "A" on your homework.

Millions of kids like you surf the 'net every day. But, be careful if you enter chat rooms. People don't always tell the truth about who they are, or why they're online. Sometimes adults enter chat rooms pretending to be kids like you. And that's dangerous!

  • The first step to safe surfing is knowing your online boundaries. Avoid a hassle later by asking a parent now-when can I go online? What sites can I visit? How long am I allowed to surf the 'net?
  • Keep your identity a secret. Don't give out your full name, home address, school name, your photograph, or your telephone number to someone you meet online.
  • If your new online friend wants to get together-STOP! First, discuss it with your parent or guardian. If they approve, you and your online friend should arrange to meet close to home in a public place, like the mall. Both of you should bring an adult to the first meeting. Better safe than sorry!
  • If you ever get an instant message or e-mail that makes you feel scared, confused, or uncomfortable, don't answer it. You need to tell an adult you trust, right away. They can decide if it should be reported to your Internet service provider.
  • Some websites ask for information about you. They might want your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Usually, they ask so they can e-mail you updates about their product or service. Don't ever give them that information unless you have a parent's okay.
  • Don't open e-mails from senders you don't know. Some might be an attempt to sell you something you didn't ask for. Others may contain a virus that can damage your computer. When in doubt, hit delete!

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