Meeting people online might be fun, but remember that the people you meet online may not be who they say they are. Someone claiming to be a 12 year old girl could really be a 40 year old man.
Check with your parents/carer first
Ask your Mum or Dad or carer before you give out your name, phone number or address or any other personal details. This includes the name of your school, your photo, and any personal information about your friends and family. Never post such information in a chat room or somewhere lots of other people might see it.
Always keep your password a secret.
Take someone with you
If you want to meet someone you have so far only met in a chat room, ask one of your parents or another adult to go with you. Always meet in a popular public place, preferably during the day.
Don’t respond If someone in a chat room posts offensive pictures or says something rude or scary, or if you are sent these in an email, don’t respond, save it and leave the chat room straightaway.
If you see upsetting language, nasty pictures or something scary tell your parent or another adult you trust.
Spam is electronic 'junk mail'—unwanted messages sent to your email account or mobile phone. Spam may contain offensive material, malicious code, try to persuade you to buy a product or service or attempt to trick you into divulging your banking details. To reduce spam, protect your email address and mobile phone number, use filtering software and boost your internet security. Also check your ISP's website for information about managing spam. Complaints should be made online at www.acma.gov.au/spam.
Trusted sites that inform us, about cyber safety:
National Centre Against Bullying
Wise Up To It