Internet Safety

By Catherine

Defination of internet safety:

Web safety, or online safety or Internet Safety, is the knowledge of maximizing the user's personal safety and security risks to private information and property associated with using the internet, and the self-protection from computer crime in general.

Facts about internet safety:

-Almost 35 percent of tweens, ages 11 and 12, use social networking sites. Many post personal information; some even share their phone numbers and addresses.

-About 32 percent of kids in their teens hide their browsing history from their parents or guardians to try to prevent them from seeing which sites they visit.

-About 15 percent of youth between the ages of 10 and 17 have had a person contact them over the Internet with a message that was sexual in nature.

  • -About 35 percent saw nudity or other sexual material online, and only 27 percent told their parents or guardians.
  • from http://safety.lovetoknow.com/15_Facts_About_Internet_Safety
  • Social media:

    Lots of people depend on social media, that have to post a photo about their breakfast or they have to update their status, but what a lot of people don't realize is that once a video or picture is posted, it's out there forever. Every single picture you post on facebook they now own. People are able to take screen shots, repost things and copy them onto their devices. I believe that people should be cautious of what they post and what they saw about others pictures.

    Online chating:

    Online chatting is a great way to meet new people that have different lifestyles, live in different places, and different hobbies. It's a good way to communicate with people but it is also very dangerous, people you don't know could be giving you false information, telling you lies or acting like you to get you to say things about your life. Online chatting usually ends with giving out personal information to people so you guys can meet or "get to know each other better." People get kidnapped, killed, raped, etc. from meeting up with the people you meet online.

    Online Scams and Fraud

    The Internet has made it easier to find information we're looking for, stay in contact with friends, shop for clothes, play games with people halfway across the world and plan events without leaving home. However, the growing popularity of doing things online also means that you are at a greater risk of being taken advantage of online. People could take advantage of your bank accounts or sign you up for fake draws.

    Cyberbullying

    Cyberbullying is when an individual repeatedly uses information and communication technologies in a way that is intended to cause, or should be known to cause, the intimidation or harassment of another person. Cyberbullying is a huge problem, because of it, people loss friends, people they know commit suicide or a person change their life because of something someone said.

    Promises:

    1. I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number.

    2. I will tell my parents right away if I come across something that makes me feel uncomfortable.

    3. I will never agree to get together with someone I “meet” online

    4. I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.