How could our teens live without their smartphones, laptops, and other devices that allow them to go online, communicate and have fun with their friends in a safe manner? We have provided five (5) tips they should remember.
1. Keep Your Online Identity Private
We all understand on the Internet, you really never know who is at the other end. Therefore, a good rule is to not tell anyone your real name and address or schedule such as practice locations and etc.
2. Your Password Belongs to You … And Only You
Don’t ever give your password to anyone (except your parents). It’s just that simple because someone can post information that gets you expelled from school, in trouble with your parents,
3. What You Post Can Live Forever
Watch what you post about yourself or others and watch what your friends post about you because you may have to live with it for a long, long time.
4. Be a Good Digital Citizen
Watch what you write and post while online somebody is or will be reading what you write. Also, illegally downloading music or movies and making online threats are just as illegal on the Internet as they are in the real world. You cannot hide behind a screen name and get away with it.
5. Be Careful and Smart about Meeting Someone in Person
The FBI presents a strict warning: “Never meet anyone in person that you meet online.” That said, many teens do make good friends online. You just have to be careful and smart as well as make sure other people you know, and trust also know this “new” online person.