How do I stay safe on the internet?

Why do I have to be careful on the internet?

  • Some internet users may have bad intentions, such as:
    • exploiting (taking advantage of) others
    • invading others’ privacy
    • fraud (tricking others in order to receive money)
    • viewing or photographing others’ bodies for sexual exploitation
  • All of the above are crimes.

  • If we are not careful, we can potentially

    • lose our privacy
    • become victims of identity thefts
    • lose money
    • have our private photos sent to pornography sites
    • have unwanted sexual interactions and potentially unwanted pregnancies
    • get in trouble with the law
    • feel really hurt
    • affect our family and friends
  • It is necessary to protect ourselves so we don’t become victims of crimes

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How do I stay safe on the internet?

Here is a list of recommendations to help you and your family be more informed internet users and stay safe.

  • Set Facebook or other social network accounts to the “privacy” setting so that only friends you really know can view your profile.
  • Sit down with someone with lots of experience to go over what is and isn’t ok to do on the internet.
  • Never give or send personal information online (don’t give out your name, address, your phone number, the name of your school or where you work). Never give out your Social Insurance Number.
  • Never send personal nude photographs of yourself.
  • Don’t use chat rooms; it may be possible to block these with safety features provided by your Internet Service Provider or filtering software such as “K9 Web Protection”.
  • Filtering programs and software are available to restrict personal information from being sent online.
  • Research what “screening” tools are available. Often your Internet Service Provider has a (parental) control option which will block certain material that the Internet Service Provider deems unfit based on a “bad site” list.
  • Report any suspicious, obscene or threatening messages to your Internet Service Provider and talk to someone you trust if you have something bad happen to you.
  • Always use a “screen name” (not your real name) when interacting online.
  • Keep the computer in a common area such as the living room or kitchen.

Some of the safety features mentioned above are available on parental control systems such as Safe Eyes (part of McAfee) and Norton Family.

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Resources on internet safety

The following articles are from NortonTM by Symentec:

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