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Safety Guidelines
Follow these simple guidelines for safe surfing online.

SafetyBy far the most important issue regarding Internet use is that of safety. Surfing the net and finding friends to correspond with can be a very exciting, educational and a fun experience if it is done responsibly. If you do not do it responsibly, you are placing yourself at risk. Consider it a form of Internet Roulette. Sooner or later the guns goes off.

Follow these guidelines to keep yourself safe from crime and exploitation on the Internet:

  • Don't give out your full name, home address or telephone number. You can tell them a fake name and let them know what country you live in, but other than that, do not give out personal information.
  • Ask someone (preferably an adult) to surf the Net with you. Sharing the experience with a family member or friend can heighten the experience and create opportunities for you to surf to sites you never thought of looking at before.
  • Don't go into sex channels or pages. This just places you at greater risk for online abuse.
  • Don't reply to emails asking you to join inappropriate clubs, email lists or forums. These people sell your email address to others and you will find that your email box is soon filled with vulgar and unsolicited emails from other sources.
  • Tell your parents, adult friend or ISP if someone is harassing you with emails or messages on the Internet. ISP's usually do not put up with users abusing their connections and will take action against people who do so.
  • Don't give out a credit card number online or through email.
  • Don't give out any passwords to your email accounts, internet accounts, sites or any other passwords you know.
  • If you come across any material or individuals that make you feel uncomfortable tell an adult (preferably your parents) immediately.
ISPIf you or somebody you know is the victim of harrassment or any other kinds of trouble online, contact your Internet service provider or commercial provider. Commercial providers work under very strict terms of service. This means that if a user is abusing his/her online privileges in any way, their account is terminated. If they can't get online, they cannot harass you. Internet service providers usually will follow the same terms of usage and will terminate accounts of people that abuse the service they are supplying to them.

PoliceAlso, make sure you contact your local law enforcement authorities. They will know the best way to proceed. If you are in doubt or unable to get help, contact The Center for Exploited and Missing Children. They offer materials and assistance for parents who children are at risk.

The following message really brings to light the dangers of telling people the wrong things. I want to share this message with all of you and I encourage you to read it. An Important Internet Safety Message.

Are you ready to go for your Web License? The PBS Kids: techknow is a cool cyberliteracy site for kids. Pass an interactive quiz and receive an official PBS Kids Web license. You can even sit on a panel of judges that evaluate web sites on the net.

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