E-mail is used to communicate with others all over the world. It can send messages to people in a matter of seconds or minutes.
Use caution when opening attachments from people you know. Sometimes attachments carry viruses without others knowing it. These viruses can destroy a computer. Always scan an attachment before you open it Even from a friend Some email providers automatically scan the attachment and will let you know if it has a virus. Delete all unknown messages immediately.
Remember messages may not have been sent by the person whose name is shown. Always check the email senders address. You may have a friend named James Suire and his email is JimSuire@yahoo.com. James Suire may send you a message but the email address is email@example.com. The names are the same but the person sending you the message is not the same James Suire that you know as your friend. Sometime emails say they are from a bank, government official, or friend but they are not. Senders can disguise themselves and pretend to be someone else, this is called phishing.
Research on the email provider you choose. Make sure they use SPAM filters Virus Scans Report any email containing threats or material making you feel scared or uncomfortable to your email provider and an adult.
Open an email if you don’t know the person sending it Even if it is from a bank – if it is not the bank you have accounts with do not open the email Click on an attachment from people you don’t know. It may be a virus. Forward chain letters to friends and family
Share your password with anyone. Respond to emails that they are suspicious of Be tricked by false messages (SPAM) Offers incredible deals only if you reply with your information
Instant Messaging (IM) is when people have conversation in “real time”. As soon as the message is typed and the enter key is pressed the message is instantly sent to another person. Most IM services have a “Buddy List”, which tells people when their friends are online and available to chat.
Talk to only the people you know in real life and who you have approved on your buddy list. Know how the blocking features work on your IM service. Block the senders you do not know from contacting you Learn the lingo used so you can understand what each other talk about lol, ttyl, brb, etc….
Share your password with anyone. Talk to people you do not know in real life. Agree to meet anyone from your IM if you do not know them well – even if it is a friend
Websites that allow kids to connect with their friends and other people with similar interests. Myspace Facebook Yearbook People can express themselves through E-mail Blogging Music Videos Artwork Etc.
Express Yourself Be careful what you post online Set your privacy settings on your page so only the people you accept as a friend can view your profile. Choose appropriate screen names or nicknames that do not include personal information. Choose your wording carefully. Make sure it is not rude or hurtful.
Share your password with anyone. Talk to people you do not know in real life. Add people to your page if you do not know them in real life. Post your age, address, or personal information on you page. Compete to see if you can get the most friends by adding people you do not know. Respond to any rude or hurtful message that may have been sent to you or posted to a profile about you or a friend.
Post anything online that you don’t what everyone to know or see. Once it is on the page it is not something you can “take back” Anything posted online can be saved by others and passed on to unlimited people
Use webcams with an adults knowledge Turn off the camera when not in use Remain aware of the camera’s view when using a webcam Remember that others can save the webcam sessions and forward them to other people Some people believe that they were talking to trust worthy friends and later found out that images of themselves were posted all over the web. Talk to family members and friends only
Share your password with anyone. Talk to people you do not know in real life. Post things that have friends on it without their parents permission or without letting the friend know about it. Do anything that would embarrass you if other people see it. Be scared to remind a friend to ask themselves if they would be embarrassed if their friends or family saw what they were doing while using a webcam. If the answer is yes they need to stop.