Every day 1 out of 7 kids and teens are approached online by predators
When online there are so many things to do, to learn, to see … and of course you want to make new friends. With these experiences, it’s important to think safely.
Some sites are just not appropriate for teenagers and others, while they may seem innocent – could cause you a lot of trouble (i.e. chatrooms, social networking sites, etc.)
If you think that nothing can happen to you online, that it only happens to other kids, or that adults exaggerate… Think Again!
The internet is an awesome place, and it’s also a place with dangerous people who if given the chance, would not think twice about harming you. Added to that are kids (maybe even in your school) who are mean and want to bully you online. That is the reality – sadly.
Yet, if you learn about Internet safety and how to act responsibly online, you can stay safe!
While having your own personal Web site, journals and blogs are easier than ever, sharing personal information and activities can make you an easy target to dangerous strangers online.
So sharing your real name, address, phone, cell #, parent’s and siblings’ names is definitely not a cool thing to do and could be really dangerous.
If you recognize any of these danger signs, it’s important to:
By not giving out any personal information and not responding to the danger sign questions they ask, you can remain safe.
If you use a webcam, do not use it in chatrooms! Predators Love to use kids photos on inappropriate adult sites. If they have your photo and personal information and post it on these Adult sites, not only can you be in great danger … but when you apply to colleges and for jobs after college, information has a way of being found and could ruin your future FOREVER!
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