Don’t tell anyone your real name and address or what neighborhood you live in.
Here’s the general rule: Don’t give out any information that a predator could possibly use to find you.
You have to be careful -- not impulsive -- when you write email or go to chat rooms.
Not only are there viruses, hackers and spammers -- online predators and a bunch of evildoers are out there just waiting to pounce on teens in the digital world.
You have probably heard of someone’s computer being hacked, his or her identity being stolen online, or even having some embarrassing pictures posted online. Well, if you use the following Internet safety tips, you have a good chance of being right.
Almost Everything on the Internet Is Traceable Every search, web site visit, online posting and email is registered or recorded somewhere on the Internet.
Once you send something out on the Internet, it's almost impossible to take it back.
So why would you tell Cool Guy985 or Hot Chick16 from the chat room? Sure, it might seem funny to the “former” friend, but it’s serious and it happens everyday.
With your username and password, someone can post language that gets you expelled from school, in trouble with your parents, or even in trouble with the law. Just because the Internet is so massive does not mean that embarrassing or risqué pictures, rude or mean comments, or illegal activities will disappear forever.
The Federal Trade Commission says that even “small clues” like what school you attend or the name of your athletic team is enough for a predator to figure out your identity.
You wouldn’t tell some 40-year-old man or woman you met at the mall your name and where you live, would you? What if a friend logs on and pretends to be you, and then says something really awful and gets you in trouble?
Maybe it's the short profile text and single profile photo.