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.
“Social networking sites have added a new factor to the “friends of friends” equation. By providing information/photos about yourself, 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)
HEADING OFF TO COLLEGE SOON?
Learn how to protect yourself at college against some of the most common digital threats!
Internet Safety and Cybersecurity Awareness for College Students guidance can be found at cyberdegrees.org
WHERE TO LEARN ABOUT CYBERSECURITY
Social Networking staysafeonline.org
Stop-Think-Connect ( Student Resources )
Hacker Highschool – Security Awareness for Teens
Ghostwire Academy – GhostWire’s mission is to ensure that our youth are inspired and empowered to pursue careers in IT and Cyber Security
Cybersecurity For Girls
GirlsGo – CyberStart
CyberStart – Program by SANS
- 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.