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Guide to Scary Internet Stuff
Finally, some help with explaining Internet security to non-geeks! The Guide to Scary Internet Stuff video series
will hopefully make my life a little easier.
Internet Safety Pledge
- I WILL TALK WITH MY PARENTS OR GUARDIAN ABOUT THEIR EXPECTATIONS AND GROUND RULES FOR GOING ONLINE
I will talk with my parents or guardian so that we can set up rules for going
online. The rules will include the time of day that I may be online, the length
of time I may be online, whom I may communicate with while online, and appropriate
areas for me to visit while online. I will not break these rules or access
other areas without their permission.
I will never download anything from anyone I don't know. In addition
to offensive content, spam or junk e-mail may contain viruses that can damage my computer.
- I WILL KEEP MY IDENTITY PRIVATE
I will never share personal information such as my full name, my mailing
address, my telephone number, the name of my school, or any other
information that could help someone determine my actual identity.
I will also not reveal any personal information about my friends
or family. I will never send a person my picture or anything else
without first checking with my parents or guardian.
- I WILL NEVER RESPOND TO ANY ONLINE COMMUNICATION THAT MAKES ME FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE
I will tell a trusted adult if I come across any information that
makes me feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.
I will never respond to any messages that are rude or offensive
in any way. I will show the message to a trusted adult right away
so that he or she can decide if it’s necessary to contact
the online service or other authorities.
- I WILL NEVER MEET IN PERSON WITH ANYONE I HAVE FIRST “MET” ONLINE WITHOUT DISCUSSING IT WITH MY PARENTS OR GUARDIAN
Since the biggest danger to my safety is getting together with someone
I have first “met” online, I won’t meet in person
with anyone unless my parents or guardian agrees to the meeting, they
will go with me to the meeting, and the meeting will be in a public
- I WILL RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE’S RIGHTS WHILE ONLINE
The Internet is a large community; therefore, my behavior while
on it affects others. I will always treat others the way I would
like to be treated.
I will respect copyright laws and check on sources. When writing
reports I will make sure that the online sources of information
are credible, and I will always cite my sources.
Piracy is illegal and keeps authors, artists, and others from
getting paid for their work. I will never download things such as
pictures, games, music, or movies that have not been given to the
public for free.