INTERNET SAFETY TIPS

o Never open a link or message unless you are expecting it from the sender, or you confirm the sender. Hackers can pose as one of your contacts and send links to imbed harmful viruses into your computer.

o If someone communicates an offensive, inappropriate, or harassing message to you, tell a trusted adult and save the message. Law enforcement officials might need it to investigate the incident.

o Always assume that the world can see everything you post or send. Remain as anonymous as possible. Do not describe yourself, your house, your travel plans, or any other identifying information about yourself or your location online.

o Identity thieves create online surveys, games, and user account sign-ups in hopes that you will enter your personal information. Never reveal your true date of birth, full name, address, social security number, age, sex, or other personal information in surveys, games, or account sign-ups.

o Never answer messages from unknown senders.

o Change your passwords regularly and do not share them. Make sure they are a combination of numbers and letters that only you would know.

o Never agree to meet someone in person
whom you met online.

o Tell a trusted adult at home or in school if you or someone you know is being cyberbullied. Cyberbullying includes online threats, offensive statements, or harassment toward a person that causes physical or emotional harm to the victim or damage to the victim’s property.

o If you wouldn’t share certain information with a total stranger on the street, don’t share it online.

o Report an internet crime using the CyberTipline at www.missingkids.com