An Introduction to Safety on the Internet. Material and Advice provided by: . The Internet is a Great Tool to Learn and Explore . The Internet is really useful and you can do many fun things while browsing the Internet, such as:
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But remember, it’s always important to stay safe when using the Internet, since dangerous situations can sometimes occur.
You can be safe on the Internet by following these 5 steps:
Stay safe by not sharing personal information with people, especially strangers you are chatting with online.
Personal information includes:
-Your home address
-The name of your school
-Your telephone number
-Photos of yourself
Meeting someone you have only been communicating with over the internet can be dangerous.
Only meet someone you have communicated with online with the permission of your parents or teacher and only if your parent or teacher can be present during the meeting.
Accepting e-mails, text, IM chats, attachments or photos from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems.
You should not open these files. These files can contain viruses or mean messages - always ask an adult for help.
Not all the information you find on the internet is true. People online may be lying about who they are and some websites may contain false information.
Always ask an adult for help if any information makes you feel uncomfortable. It’s always great to have discussions about information you find on internet websites with your friends and teachers.
Always tell your parents, your teachers or a trusted adult if anything you come across online makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.
Also watch out for your friends and tell a trusted adult when you feel that a friend is feeling uncomfortable or being bullied.
You are talking to someone in a chat room and the person asks you what your full name is and where you live. What do you do?