Common Sense in Life and on the Internet
IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT USUALLY ISN'T.
YOU NEVER GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING.
Some sites offer you contests or free games to play if you send information. They want your personal information to sell to companies who will SPAM you for years. Never send your real name, email address, real address or any information about you or your family unless you check with your parents first.
If a stranger came up to you on the street and offered you $50.00 if you would give them your home address and phone number, you wouldn't, and shouldn't, accept. That would be DANGEROUS. The same is true online. It is full of strangers wanting your private information and will offer many things free to you in return.
If you receive emails from someone you do not know, DO NOT OPEN them, DO NOT REPLY. Either show them to your parent or delete them, then delete your delete bin.
IF YOU DO NOT KNOW
THE OTHER PERSON ONLINE, THE E-MAIL, TEXT, IM, OR FACEBOOK SENDER
THEY ARE STRANGERS AND SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE ALL STRANGERS!
TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED ... WITH RESPECT.
DON'T DO SOMETHING IN ANGER OR HASTE THAT YOU WILL REGRET LATER ON. YOU CANNOT TAKE SOMETHING BACK ONCE IT GOES OUT ELECTRONICALLY; IT'S THERE FOR LIFE.
When you post something on the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, IM, it remains there FOREVER. When you write something bad about someone, it will be there FOREVER. The hurt will be there, FOREVER. It will be there to embarrass you FOREVER. It is ALWAYS better to settle disputes face to face instead of over the Internet or through texting.
If you are angry with someone, calm down before you do or say anything. Give thought to what you say or do. Ask a parent or teacher to help you solve a dispute or problem. If you are being bullied, get an adult involved. Cyber and Text bullying will often get police involved and may result in suspension or explusion from school.
Remember: Once a bad message is sent, it cannot be taken back.
Questions to Ask Yourself When You Post or Text:
• Would anyone be embarrassed or hurt by what I published?
• Who will be able to see what I published?
• What would my parents or teachers say if they saw what I published?
• How would I feel if the head of my dream job or dream school saw what I published?
• How would I feel if what I published was all over the national news?
• Am I proud of what I published?
• Do I have a clear conscience about what I published?
INTERNET SAFE GAME
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! Some good sites to check out:
2. DO use the Internet to "visit"
museums in far away places. Some examples are:
A. The Louvre, Paris,
B. The Exploratorium,
San Francisco, California.
C. The Smithsonian Institution.
3. 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
4. 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 e-mail or your grades?
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 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
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
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?