What To Do (And Not To Do) To Be Cybersmart
- Ask your parents or carer before you give anyone on the internet your name or address, your 'phone number, or any other personal details. This also includes the name of your school, your photo or any personal information about your friends or family.
- Meeting people online might be fun, but remember the people you meet online may not be who they say they are. Someone claiming to be a teenager like you may be a 40 year-old man.
- If you want to meet someone you have so far only met online, ask a parent or another adult to go with you and always meet in a popular public place, preferably during the day.
- Keep your password a secret, never give it to anyone (even your best friend).
- If someone writes something rude or something that makes you feel uncomfortable in chat or email, leave the chatroom and don't respond to the email.
- Be very careful about the kind of information you put in a blog, or post to a message board - it doesn't take much to give away your identity.
- Tell your parent or another adult you trust if you see upsetting language, nasty pictures or something scary on the internet.
- Always ask a parent or adult before you fill out any forms, or give out money or credit card details.
- Don't accept any offers that seem too good to be true - they probably are.
Remember to always be cybersmart. Protect your privacy.