Are you a Safe Cyber Surfer ?
Ask yourself the following questions to determine if you're a safe cyber surfer:
Are my passwords hard to guess?
Tip: Make sure that your passwords have both letters and numbers, and are at least eight characters long!
Do I have up-to-date anti-virus software on my computer
Tip: Protect yourself from viruses by installing anti-virus software and updating it regularly!
Am I protected by a firewall?
Tip: Prevent unauthorized access to your computer through firewall software or hardware, especially if you are a high speed user!
Do I avoid mystery email attachments?
Tip: Don't open a file attached to an email unless you are expecting it or know what it contains. If you send an attachment, type a message explaining what it is.
When something bad happens, do I know who to contact?
Tip: Report it! Tell your parents and contact your Internet Service Provider and your software vendor.
What kind of online name should I choose?
You should never use your real name as your online name. By using your real name, anyone can know right away who you are and can probably find out more about you. This is especially true in chat rooms, where you can get comfortable chatting with someone and suddenly realize they know things about you. You probably want your online name to describe who you are, but be careful about the name and words you choose. Remember when you're talking online to people you don't know well, some people may unfairly judge you by your online name. For example, if you choose a name like hotbabe13, people will get the wrong idea about you and you most likely will get unwanted e-mails from people who are just responding to your online name and not to who you really are. If you can't think of an online name to use without describing something about yourself, try using the name of a candy bar, color, or something else that's not personal. If the name is already taken, you can try adding a few numbers, for example Green123.
Is IMing safe?
IMing isn't as private as you might think, so it's important to know how to stay safe and have fun too.
· Don't respond to IM's from people you don't know or IM's that look strange. It is possible to get unwanted IM's. Like e-mails.IM.s can also contain viruses.
· Don't forget to sign off when you're finished and change your password regularly. This will keep others from using your IM account.
· If you get an IM that makes you feel uncomfortable, do not respond to it. Tell your parents/guardians about it.
• Never give out your screen name or password, even to your friends.
Are chat rooms safe?
Some chat rooms are thought to be safe because the topic that is being talked about is safe and because there is a moderator leading the chat. Even if the topic is okay, some people might talk about other things that can make you uncomfortable. If you ever feel uncomfortable or in danger for any reason, leave the chat room right away and tell a parent/guardian or other trusted adult.
Can the chat moderator make sure nothing bad happens in the chat room?
A chat moderator supervises a chat. A moderator can kick someone out of a chat if they write something they shouldn't, but the moderator can't stop you from going to a private chat area with someone who might harm or threaten you. If you are allowed to go to a chat, be careful to check out the topic first. Your parents/guardians can check out the chat room first to make sure the conversation is okay. Some people who go into chats may want to imagine that you are someone you are not or play out their fantasy by saying bad things to you. If anyone makes you feel uncomfortable, leave the chat immediately.
Rules of the Cyber-Space Land !!!!
1. DO use the Internet to help with schoolwork. The Internet is a source of great volumes of information. It's like having the world's largest library at your fingertips!
2. DO use the Internet to "visit" museums in far away places.
3. DO use the Internet to meet children in other countries or to keep in touch with pen pals who live far away in this country or other countries.
Some on-line services host chat rooms especially for children, and monitor them periodically for safety. You can safely establish an international mail pen pal through an existing program sponsored by your school, and then expand your pen pal communications to the Internet if your pen pal has access to Internet e-mail at his or her school or a nearby university.
4. DO be careful about talking to "strangers" on a computer network. Who are these people anyway? Some people say and do things which are NOT NICE.
5. DO use the Internet to learn more about universities and colleges that you may be interested in attending. Almost all colleges post some information on the Internet. Many colleges let you take a "virtual tour" of the campus, or submit applications for admission or financial aid applications on line.
6. DO respect the privacy of other users on the Internet, just as you expect your privacy to be respected. How would you feel if someone read your private email or your grades?
7. DO be careful when you "download" (copy) programs from the Internet. Use a virus scan program before loading it on your computer. Some programs on the Internet contain viruses that can harm your computer.
1. DON'T give your password to anyone. Passwords are intended to protect your computer and your files. It's like giving the key to your house away!
2. DON'T answer messages that make you feel uncomfortable because they seem improper, indecent, or threatening. TELL A GROWN-UP RIGHT AWAY.
3. DON'T give any personal information, such as your family's address, phone number, credit card or calling card numbers, your school's name, or your picture to anyone on a computer network that you don't personally know.
4. DON'T arrange to meet anyone you've met on the Internet without telling your parents. Some people on the Internet lie about who they are, how old they are, and why they want to meet you.
5. DON'T try to break into computers. It's not a game. It's a crime and it's an invasion of privacy. Computers often contain sensitive information. How would you feel if someone broke into a computer and changed your grades? Deleted your term paper? Cut off your telephone?
5. DON'T steal copyrighted computer programs ("software") by copying it from the Internet. This is the same as stealing it from a store. People work hard to develop new programs and deserve to be paid for them. If software designers don't get paid for their work, they can't continue creating new software, such as new educational games or tools that help with schoolwork.
7. DON'T make copies of any copyrighted material, like books, magazines, or music without the permission of the author, publisher or artist. Copyrighted works are available (usually illegally) on the Internet. You are committing a crime if you copy and distribute them.
8. DON'T copy material that you find on the Internet and pretend that it's your own work. It's the same as copying a book or magazine article and pretending that you wrote it. It's easy to get caught. Remember, your teacher and thousands of other students have access to the same material.