Straight Talk - The Internet Be Safe
The following are some guidelines intended for you and your family to stay safe while you’re having fun on the Internet. Don’t invite trouble When choosing a screen name or e-mail address, don’t choose one that is sexy or flirtatious. Also, it is wise not to use your last name when creating usernames to be used on sites that open to the public to view.
Stop, Block and Tell If something make you feel uncomfortable when you’re on the Internet (for example, a nasty or threatening email from an online ―friend‖ or a bad website that keeps coming up on your computer screen), STOP and don’t answer back, BLOCK the person or message and TELL a trusted adult. (www.stopcyberbullying.org)
Choose your friends wisely When you’re on the Internet, it’s not easy to tell if people really are who they say they are. Sometimes, people say they are teenagers to trick others into trusting them. So: Privacy Never give out personal information (such as your name, phone number, home address or school name) to any stranger that will allow someone to find you. Never send your picture to people you don’t know. Assume that everything you post on the Internet is available for the whole world to see— including your parents and teachers When available, always set your profile to ―private.‖ Be cautious when you’re talking to people on-line. Never arrange to meet people from the Internet in person.
Social Networking sites (MySpace, Facebook, etc) Facebook and MySpace are two online websites where kids and adults can create personal web pages, post pictures, chat and interact with others while online. It is important for parents to supervise their children while they are on these sites to ensure that their children are only interacting with people they know and can trust. Facebook and MySpace require that you be 13 years old to obtain an account. For specific information on deleting your child’s account, scroll to the bottom of the...