Play it Safe

A Guide to Internet Safety

4th grade Mrs. Megan Sholar-Beulaville Elementary-138 Lyman Road Beulaville, NC 28518-Phone: (910) 298-3171

Today we will learn about how to stay safe on the internet. We will discuss:

  • Information Privacy
  • Viruses, Spam, and Phishing
  • Cyberbullying

Information Privacy

On the internet you will be faced with many opportunities to provide your personal information. This includes your name, address, birth date, and more. Many websites will request this information when you sign up for an account such as Facebook or Myspace. Other places where your personal information is at risk is in chat rooms or other online forums. You must be very careful whom you give your personal information to. Never give it to a stranger online and always ask a parent or other trusted adult before you enter it on a website. Also, you must be very careful when making a password and must not share it with anyone but a parent or guardian.

Viruses, Spam, and Phishing

A virus is a program that is made to damage your computer.
Spam is like junk mail on the internet. Spam is email sent to you without you asking for it and it is often sent to many emails at one time.

"Phishing is a type of scam where the scammer tries to trick you into revealing your personal information. Usually, it involves an email, instant message, or website that is designed to look like it's from a legitimate company."

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is when someone bullies another through the use of the internet. If you ever feel hurt, frightened, or upset by anything someone says or does to you on the internet tell your parent or guardian immediately.
Now that we have learned about internet safety we will take a quiz together to see if you understand what we have learned.