Risks of Using the Internet

By Samantha Pirkel

The Internet is a Dangerous Place

Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on the internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents or guardian right away. Some people may not be who they say they are.

Do Not Share Personal Information or Passwords

Never post your personal information, such as a cell phone number, home number, home address, or your location on any social networking site or through mobile apps like Snapchat or Instagram. NEVER share your password with anyone, including your best friend. The only people who should know your password are your parents or guardian.

If You Wouldn't Say It To Someone's Face, Don't Say It Online!

Tell An Adult

Stuff To Know

  • Never respond to harassing or rude comments.
  • Save or print the evidence.
  • Talk to your parents or guardian if you are harassed; get help reporting this to your ISP, school, or local law enforcement.
  • Respect others online.
  • Only share your password with your parent or guardian.
  • Change your passwords often.
  • Password protect your cell phone.
  • Use privacy settings to block unwanted messages.
  • Think before posting or sending photos – they could be used to hurt you.
  • Contact the site administrator if someone creates a social networking page in your name.