Staying Safe Online - For Children, Teenagers and Adults Too!

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  1. Fergal

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    The importance of staying safe online cannot be overestimated. There are many dangerous people using the Internet. Many of these dangerous people are very good at pretending to be nice and at winning your trust.

    Please read the SMART Guidelines below, for some helpful tips on staying safe online. If you are concerned that you did not abide by these guidelines on any site, please talk to a parent or trusted adult about your concerns.

    Secret
    Secret is the first and one of the most important rules for online safety. Keeping personal information secret should become second nature to online users.

    Never give out your name, address or phone number, because it's like giving out the keys to your home.

    Never give out your password, because if someone knows your password they can often use it to find out other personal details.

    Meeting
    Using chat rooms and message boards is a great way to find out fun things and meet new people, but people you meet in chat rooms can also be dangerous.

    Someone who appears nice online, may be very different in person. So arranging to meet in 'real life' is not a safe thing to do.

    Children should only ever meet strangers with their parents' permission and when they can be present.

    If an adult goes with a child to meet a new chat buddy, always meet in a public place such as a café or shopping centre. You should never meet with anyone who won't accept this rule.

    Accept
    The majority of viruses and files could have no effect on your computer if you don't open them or let them get on there in the first place.

    Accepting files or opening e-mails from people you don't really know or trust can get you into trouble.

    They may contain viruses or nasty messages that you don't want to read. So don't open or accept files or e-mails you are not expecting.

    Remember
    People you meet online may seem very nice to you, but that doesn't mean that they are telling the truth.

    Many people are not who they say they are online and are pretending to be someone else. You wouldn't trust someone you knew in real life if they lied, so don't get tricked in the online world.

    To avoid awkward moments, just stick to the public areas in chatrooms and if you feel uncomfortable at all, then just leave!

    Tell
    Many things can happen online that make children feel ashamed or secretive about what they've seen or experienced. Encourage children to tell you about anything that makes them uncomfortable.

    Fear of a parent or guardian being cross is often more frightening than the uncomfortable experience they've had online, but that is what some nasty people will count on.

    Talk to your children about what they are doing online and encourage them to use the SMART rules at all times.

    Consider placing the computer in a shared room of the house so its use does not become secretive and hidden. Make your online use a family affair.

    From BBC.

    If you are made feel uncomfortable, worried or scared by anything you see or experience on the Internet, please tell one of your parents or a trusted adult about it.
     
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  2. ronniebryan

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    Other Warnings

    Thanks for bringing this up Fergal, I want to add in some warnings based on my own experiences what happened to me.
    Always, check for viruses before opening a free-ebook, especially, in high-trafficked areas. I opened a free e-book from Warriors Forums , and it contained a trjoan horse virus.

    Second, make sure if your sharing Tweets from a secondary source to evaluate that source.
    I found an free reprint article website (forget name, been too long ago) that allowed you to re-tweet teasers from article submissions. What happened with each re-tweeted article was an inbedded sales message like " Get an AT&T cell plan" so, I was not tweeting articles, I was spamming sales ads. Better to tweet your own messages , than tweet from an unknown source ,even if what you think your sending is good material.

    Finally, Banners have hidden viruses, I clicked a banner that was posted on banners and bucks and it had a worm virus that literally crashed and wiped my hard drive. The virus creator then managed to steal my identity ,and tried to remove money from my credit union luckily, I didn't have any money to steal=)
     
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    Just came across this in the footer links...it's good to see a webmaster actually promoting safe web use.
     
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    Those are some very good tips to share and remember why on the web.
     
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    Very good points Fergal. Thanks for sharing your Staying Safe Online view.
     
  6. Edalincam55

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    Well this great to read about Staying Safe Online overall view, This post really opened my eyes. it is not only eye opening rather very beneficial for the people those who want to do something good in his life.
     

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