You use computers to do work at school and to play games at home. You might have friends who use cell or smart phones to send messages to other people. While these things can be fun, helpful, or both, it's also important to keep a few things in mind if you use these devices.
1. Remember to never give out your name, home address, school name or telephone number in a chat room or on computer bulletin boards. Also, never send a picture of yourself to someone you chat with on the computer or phone without your parent’s permission.
2. Never text, chat or talk with someone who has made you feel uncomfortable or scared.
3. Do not meet someone or have them visit you without the permission of your parents.
4. Tell your parents right away if you read anything on the Internet that makes you feel
5. Tell your parents, teachers or another trusted adult if people have been saying mean things about you on the computer, or if they have been sending you mean texts or messages.
6. Don’t use a cell phone to take pictures of yourself or other kids that you wouldn’t show to your parents, even on Snapchat.
7. Remember that people online may not be who they say they are. Someone who says that "she" is a "12-year-old girl" could really be an older man.