Always ask your parents' permission
before using your full name, address, telephone number, date of birth,
school name, or parents' work address anywhere on the Internet.
Always tell your parents or other adult
you trust if you see something online that is scary or that you don't
Never agree to get together with
someone you "met" online without your parents' permission and without an
Never send a picture, credit card
number or password over the Internet.
Don't respond to any message that is
mean-spirited or in any way makes you feel uncomfortable. It isn't
your fault if you get a message like that. If you do, be sure to
tell your parents so they can contact the service provider.
Talk to your parents about the time of
day you can be online, the length of time you can be online, and the
appropriate areas you can visit. Do not break these rules or access
other areas without their permission.
Be a smart consumer in cyberspace.
Not everything you see or hear may be true.
Be a good citizen online. Do not
do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.
Most of these rules are adapted from the
brochure "Child Safety on the Information Highway" and are available
free by calling 800-843-5678.
For Grades 2 -8
The Internet is a
place that provides information about all sorts of new and exciting topics.
At the same time, the Internet can be tricky and cause you to give out
information that other people should not have. Always ask a trusted adult
before giving out information such as your full name, home address,
telephone number, date of birth, school name, or your parent’s information
anywhere on the Internet. If you do not understand something that you find
on the Internet, ask someone you trust for guidance. It is also important to
protect the identity of yourself and others, never give out any family
pictures or pictures of yourself without a parent’s permission.
Online shopping is convenient and saves you money. Whenever you are
buying something online, make sure that you are using a safe and trusted
website; it is important to be careful with credit card numbers so nobody
takes that information and uses it in a harmful way. Look for the Padlock on
the address bar that lets you know that the site is secure.
Remember that anybody can see what you put online. It is
important to treat others on the computer with the same respect and courtesy
that you would treat somebody in person. You also deserve respect on the
Internet, if anything seems harmful to you or your family, tell your parents
right away. While the Internet is a fun place to spend time, do not forget
about physical activities. Make sure you are going outside and engaging in
sports and recreation. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by
staying active away from the computer.
Listed below are ways you can stay safe
for the times you are online:
Learn about the privacy features on social media sites
such as Facebook and Twitter. They are there to help you, make sure your
information stays safe.
Be aware of your actions:
Know that once you post something online it stays
there forever. Realize that everyone sees what you have posted and it
will never be removed from the Internet.
Your online reputation:
If you post things that are important and
appropriate, others will appreciate it. Do not post anything that will
offend someone else.
Social Media websites ask for a lot of information. Be
careful how much information you give out. The more that you put on the
websites, the easier it can be for others to get it and possibly use it
in a harmful way.
Know your friends:
Be aware of the people that you are interacting with
online. If you do not know them, do not interact with them in any way.
If somebody you do not know reaches out to you, do not respond.
Do not be afraid to speak out:
If something on the Internet is offensive to
you, let somebody know. It most likely is offending others as well, or
could eventually make someone feel upset.
If you are ever ordering anything on the Internet, make
sure an adult is supervising you. You should make sure that the website
you are using is a trusted one. Look for the Padlock on the address bar
to ensure the safety and security of the website.
For High School Students
The Internet is a great place for
schoolwork, learning, and socializing. However, it is important that you
stay on top of your information, know what you are giving out, and be
conscious of what you are posting on the Internet.
Social media is a great way to interact with others and make connections. If
used correctly, it can be a great asset to your future, and a fun way to
keep in touch with friends and family. If used incorrectly, it can hurt your
reputation and image. Listed below are some tips to help you stay on the
Check all of your privacy settings.
Make sure you are fully protected.
Interact with respected influential
people whom you admire on Twitter and Facebook.
Think about admission to college;
know that these schools have the potential to see anything you have
Only post information that is useful
to others and does not harm anyone.
Realize that everyone can see what
you are writing. It cannot be removed from the Internet.
Be aware that future employers will
check your social media sites.
Use social media to showcase
yourself in a positive way, so that people respect you.
You should not:
Post inappropriate pictures or
statements that could offend others.
Give out personal information such
as your home address or telephone numbers.
Interact with people that you do not
Use profanity or inappropriate
language; remember your pages are a reflection of you.
Interact with people who use social
media for the wrong reasons.
Besides social media, the Internet can
also open up other new and exciting opportunities. Online banking and
shopping are great ways to manage money and purchase items without ever
leaving your home. It is always important to be careful with your money!
Here are ways to keep your funds and
identity safe online:
Use unique usernames and passwords
for all of your login information.
Use websites that are secured, you
can check this by looking for the “s” at the end of the “http” (https)
in the URL address or a Padlock icon in the address bar.
Make sure your computer is properly
secured with firewalls and anti-virus software.
Know your merchant, use trusted
websites. Look for the Better Business Bureau seal of approval if you
are unsure of the sites safety.
You should not:
Give out any bank information such
as your debit or credit card numbers.
Use the same password for every
Shop on unknown sites.
Ignore warning signs of a virus or
Use open and unsecured WiFi networks
when going on the Internet.
The use of cell phones and specifically
texting has become one of the main ways that people communicate. It is
important to realize that texting can be a hazard if a few simple safety
precautions are not taken.
Texting while driving is a growing trend, and a national epidemic, quickly
becoming one of the country’s top killers. Drivers assume they can handle
texting while driving and remain safe, but the numbers don’t lie.
Texting While Driving Causes:
1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
4. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents
Texting While Driving Is:
1. About 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated
2. The same as driving after 4 beers – National Hwy Transportation Safety
3. The number one driving distraction reported by teen drivers
Texting While Driving:
1. Makes you 23X more likely to crash – National Hwy Transportation Safety
2. Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time – VA. Tech
3. Takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country
4. Slows your brake reaction speed by 18% – HumanFactors & Ergonomics
5. Leads to a 400% increase with eyes off the road
These are some of the ways that you can improve your daily cyber activities.
It is important to remember that the Internet is a public place; others can
potentially see anything that you are doing or saying. Anything that you say
or do will be somewhere on the Internet forever. Think twice before you
contribute something online. You are always entitled to your opinion, and in
most places, your opinion is encouraged - just make sure it is relevant and
will not affect anybody negatively.
These tips were compiled by Stephen
Karaolis, Hofstra Public Relations Intern
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