Injury Prevention

Internet Safety

Using the Internet Safely

Surfing the net, chatting and sending instant messages can be lots of fun. But, just like everything else, there are some rules you need to follow to stay safe when you’re on the Internet.

First of all, remember that you can never be sure who you’re chatting with on the computer. They are strangers. Even if someone talks like a friend, be careful. On the Internet, everyone is a stranger because you can’t see them to know if they are who they say they are.

When you’re on the Web, follow these rules to stay safe:

  • Never give out personal information.
  • Personal information is:
    • Your real name
    • Your address
    • Your phone number
    • Your age
    • Where you go to school or work
    • The name of your sports team
    • The name of your band
    • Whether you are a boy or girl, woman or man
    • The names of any of your friends or relatives or any information about them
  • If you need to fill out a profile to set up a chat, do not use real information. Many of the boxes can be left blank.
  • Talk with your parents about setting rules for using the computer.
  • If there is something on the computer that you would not want to share with your parent or family, it is not something you should be doing or viewing either.
  • If anything makes you feel funny while you’re on the Internet, talk to an adult.
  • Never agree to meet anyone you’ve chatted with on the computer unless an adult is going to be with you.
Last Update
May 23, 2008
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Last Update
May 23, 2008