10 Minute Tips For Kids
- When creating your screen name for online chat rooms, don’t include any personal information like your date of birth or last name.
- Don’t share your password with anyone except your parents. If you use a public computer in your school or college library or similar place, make sure you log out of your account.
- Don’t post pictures or videos online without getting your parents’ permission. Before you post anything online, stop and think whether it’s something your family will be happy to see.
- Never agree to meet online friends unless you have your parents’ permission. Stranger danger is a rule you need to live by online as well as offline.
- In App purchases or Online Adverts. Some adverts trick you into thinking you are getting something free or at rock bottom prices, if the deal looks too good to be true, it’s best to stay clear. In app purchases can result in huge bills, be mindful of what you are buying to enhance your apps.
- Don’t open any downloads from people you don’t know or weren’t expecting anything from. The most common method of planting a virus on your PC or connected device is via email attachment or via a tab on social network saying ‘OMG you won’t believe what she did’.
- Don’t be mean or insult other people online. Tell an adult if you receive something horrible online and if you are aware of a friend being bullied online then make sure you speak out and tell your parents or teacher.
- Make sure you understand the minimum age requirement to join your chosen social network. Facebook and Twitter have a minimum user age of 13 for a reason!
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