Staying Safe Online

  • Never give out personal information, such as your name, home address, phone number, the name of your school, pictures, credit card numbers, or the names of your parents without permission from your parents.
  • Never meet in person with someone you met online. 
  • Never give out your password to anyone.
  • Use a gender neutral user-name in chat rooms so you are less likely to receive pornographic material or other forms of harassment. If you do receive pornographic material, report it to your local police department.
  • If you find your unwanted information online, double check all of your privacy settings for online profiles.
  • Never open links or files from people you do not know
  • Never open, forward, or respond to e-mails with pornographic or other inappropriate material.
  • Never respond to advertisements – this confirms that you have a working e-mail account, and you will only receive more junk e-mail.
  • Chat rooms can be particularly dangerous. Even when chat rooms are specifically for teens, participants are not necessarily all teens. Predators who have made up an identity to hide his or her age may lurk or hide in chat rooms. Always follow the general Internet safety guidelines in any chat room.