Online safety tips for teenagers

While being online people are exposed to various kinds of dangerous matters and problems. Adults have ability itself to recognize when a problem is coming, and solve this right away. What about teenagers? Unfortunately, as the resources say, teenagers are more likely to get into troubles online and break their safety. Many young people think that online abuse won't happen to them, since they are cool and having awesome lifestyle. Such teenagers are best target for abusers. Here we are going to present few online safety tips for teenagers.

1.Don't give out personal information without your parent or guardian permission. This means you should not share your last name, home address, school name, or telephone number. Any personal information is yours and only yours. If somebody is asking you for it, ignore this person and report the problem right away.

2.When creating your screen name, do not include personal information like your last name or date of birth. Use your favorite band's name or color instead.

3.Don't share your password with anyone but your parent or guardian. After using a public computer, make sure you logout of the accounts you've accessed before leaving.

4.Don't post photos or videos online without getting your parent or guardian permission. Also do not post fake pictures or pictures with another people on it without their permission as well.

5.Don't agree to meet an online friend unless you have your parent or guardian permission. Unfortunately, sometimes people pretend to be people they aren't. Remember that not everything you read online is true. Many abusers choose their victims online.

6.Don't buy anything online without talking to your parents first. Some ads may try to trick you by offering free things or telling you that you have won something as a way of collecting your personal information and use them in a bad way later.

7.Talk to your parent or guardian before you open an email attachment or download software. Attachments sometimes contain viruses. Never open an attachment from someone you don't know.

8.Don't send or respond to mean or insulting messages. Tell your parent or guardian if you receive one and ask them for help in reporting it. If something happens online that makes you feel uncomfortable share this problem with an adult. Remember that bullying and black mailing is strictly forbidden and legal actions might be taken.

9.Many social networking websites and blog hosting websites have minimum age requirements to sign up. These requirements are there to protect you. Be sure you meet proper age level to join in. Do not lie with your actual age just to join a website which is supposed to be for adults.

10.The Internet has a great memory itself and it's going to keep anything you post online. Be sure to post and share things you want to share. Even if you delete something, there's still a mark of it on the Internet.

11.Use the privacy settings of social networking sites. They are here to make your networking safe and clean. If you have any doubts how to use it ask you parent or guardian for help.

12.If you wouldn't say something to another person's face, don't text it or post it online. Internet is a great place for feel anonymous, however remember that every single word you write leaves a track of it. Be polite and expect people to be polite towards you as well.

13.Even if your parents don't know much about the Internet, tell them what types of web sites you go to. It's a crucial to let your parent or guardian know what kind of activities you prefer to do over the Internet. They may help you avoid potential problems if a web site or new friend looks "fishy".

Internet can be a great and save way to meet new friends and soul mates only if people, along with teenagers and kids, will follow simple rules to keep their privacy and identity away from strangers and improper people. We hope with the tips we present above, your online and social networking won't be dangerous and you will get a funny and excited experience in meet and greet new people.

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