This page was created for the purpose of helping people to enjoy the internet safely. Take a few minutes to read it. It could save you a lot of grief.
Used properly, chances are small that you will encounter a problem using the internet. Chat rooms are where people are most vulnerable and where you should be the most cautious. It is not my intent here to create panic but only to make you aware of the possible dangers.
Other than KIDDIE P0RN, I oppose censorship or restrictions that would prevent the internet from remaining open & free to all ages. We should not panic or become hysterical to the point of passing laws that would prevent open & free expression.
Be careful who you befriend on the internet, as there are many predators waiting to take advantage of you.
NEVER give anyone your real LAST name, home address, phone number or any other information that could lead them to where you live.
Don't let someone try to fool you into calling THEM. They may tell you that they'll give you THEIR phone number so you don't have to give them yours, but because of new devices on phones, such as "Caller ID" and other accessories, they can now learn what YOUR phone number is if you call them!
Think & use caution before sending your picture to someone you barely know. If you're unsure, check with your parents.
Sexual predators and pedophiles (those that take advantage of children sexually) have found the internet as a great source to lure young people into their sick world. They try to befriend you and gain your confidence. PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL!
Perverts can be very patient. They may take as much time as necessary to gain your trust.
Many predators will lie about their age so that you will feel more comfortable talking to them.
A true cyber-friend would never ask you to do anything that would make you uncomfortable. If they do AND persist, then you do not need a friend like this.
Some predators will pretend that they are associated with MODELING AGENCIES or know TV or MOVIE PRODUCERS. If they are truly telling the truth, then tell them to give you THEIR address and phone number. THEN HAVE YOUR PARENTS CHECK IT OUT!
Be suspicious of sites that offer free prizes or concert tickets that you can win only if you supply them with your personal information. These MAY be a trick. Be very careful.
NEVER agree to meet someone alone that you have met on the internet. Discuss it first with your parents or a close friend. If you DO agree to meet them, ALWAYS take someone with you and meet them in a PUBLIC place! This advice is for all ages!
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IF ANYONE IS EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS ON THE NET, SPEAK WITH SOMEONE YOU KNOW AND TRUST LIKE YOUR PARENTS, ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER, TRUSTED FRIENDS, A RELIGIOUS LEADER, TEACHERS, COUNSELLOR OR POLICE!
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