through cyberspace can be educational and fun, but like any trip you take,
you have to “be prepared” for unexpected things. Here are some tips to
help make your trip into cyberspace a fun, safe experience:
careful and responsible.
that people on the Web may not be who they say they are. They can be just
as dangerous as strangers on the street.
give anyone your name, address or phone number or tell him where you go to
send a picture of yourself or another person in your family without
getting permission from your parents.
arrange to meet another computer user face to face or even speak on the
phone without first getting permission from your parents.
answer messages that make you feel bad or uncomfortable; you can always
use the "ignore" button during chats.
parent or another grown-up if you find something on the Internet that
makes you feel bad or uncomfortable.
these rules at home, at school, at the library and at your friends’
get an E-mail from someone you don't know, don't open it! Delete it right
away and tell an adult.
places on the Web that are for adults only. If you find yourself in an
“adults-only” place, or anywhere you think you shouldn’t be, leave! There
are plenty of fun “kid places” on the Web.
Take the Online Safety Pledge:
My Online Safety Pledge
will not give
out personal information such as my address, telephone number,
parents’/guardians’ work address/ telephone number, or the name and
location of my school without my parents’/guardians’ permission.
will tell an adult right away if I come across any information that makes
me feel uncomfortable.
will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online without
first checking with my parents/guardians. If my parents/guardians agree to
the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my
parent or guardian along.
will never send a person my picture or anything else without first
checking with my parents/guardians.
will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel
uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I
will tell my parents/guardians right away so that they can contact the
will talk with my parents/guardians so that we can set up rules for going
online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the
length of time I can be online, and appropriate areas for me to visit. I
will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.
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