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Rules of the Road on the Internet



The best tool you have for screening material found on the Internet is your

brain.  If you come across sites that are pornographic, full of hate

literature, or excessively violent, move on.


Here are a few reminders for safe browsing on the world Wide Web:


*  Never give out your name, address, telephone number, password, school

name, parent's name, pictures of yourself, credit card number(s), or any

other personal information to others online.



*  Never agree to meet face to face with someone you've met online without

discussing it with your parents.  Only if your parents decide that it's okay

to meet your "cyber-friend,"  arrange to meet in a familiar public place, and

take an adult with you.



*  Never respond to messages from unfamiliar persons.



*  Never enter an area that charges for services without getting your

parents' permission first.



*  If you receive pornographic e-mail, save the offensive material, tell your

parents, and contact that user's Internet service provider and your local law

enforcement agency.



The Sites You See (and Visit)

E-Mail


E-Mail is a great way to communicate with your friends and family.  Sometimes

you may receive messages trying to sell you something or encouraging you to

visit a web site.  It is probably best not to respond to e-mail from people

or groups you don't know.  These sites might be a scam to sell you something

you don't want.  Remember, the sender might not be who he or she seems to be.

 If you respond, you are confirming that you have a valid e-mail address. 

That information can encourage the sender to forward inappropriate e-mail or

put your address on even more lists.



Kids Online



-  Educate your parents.  Take the time to show your parents what you do

online.  Show them your Web site, if you have one.  Tell them who you are

communicating with on a daily basis.  Most likely you will be teaching your

parents some new tricks.



-  Talk to your parents about where  you can go online and how long you can

stay online.  Also, tell them about activities you participate in online.



-  Know your rights-where to report crimes and what you can report.  For law

enforcement resources visit SafetyCops At-A-Glance Page.



SafetyCops say  never use a profile as this only gives the wrong kind of

people information that don't need. Don't open E-Mail that looks suspicious

or that you are unfamiliar with, as a virus can wipe out your computer. 
Be Smart & Be Safe.



TAKE A BITE OUT OF CRIME

Crime Prevention Tips  From

National Crime Prevention Council

1000 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 13th Floor

Washington, DC 20036

www.ncpc.org


 

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