The Internet is a cool place to hang out, learn, and talk to friends. However, the Internet is not a place without risks—you need to be aware of these risks so that you can avoid unintentional trouble.
FRIENDSHIP IN CYBERSPACE
"Social networking sites have added a new factor to the “friends of friends” equation. By providing information about yourself and using blogs, chat rooms, email, or instant messaging, you can communicate, either within a limited community, or with the world at large. But while the sites can increase your circle of friends, they also can increase your exposure to people who have less-than-friendly intentions." (From ftc.gov Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens read more)
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Top 3 Ways to Protect Yourself Online
- Keep your information to yourself. Don't post your full name, address, phone number, or other personal information when online.
- Be aware that there are strangers online who may pose as other "teens" to entice you. Never engage in personal conversations with someone you do not know, and never agree to meet a stranger without your parents consent.
- Talk to your parents about anything that makes you uncomfortable while online. Your parents care about you and can help you avoid online problems.