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Safety Tips for Teens
Tips by Teens for Teens
- Remember - A million times before you've heard that honesty is the best
people don't believe that, though. So when you're out there in cyberspace,
You never know when 5'6", blond and female could actually mean 6'3", hairy
Don't believe everything you see online.
- Be leery of those who want to know too much. There's no rule that says
you have to tell
them where you live, what your last name is, or anything else personal.
Your business is your
business. Let them stick to theirs. And trust your instincts. If someone
makes you feel
- We all remember the "buddy system" from kindergarten. Sure, you're no
kindergarten, but the system still works. If you're planning on meeting up
with somebody you
met online, bring a friend, or even your parents, along with you and
encourage your online
acquaintance to bring theirs, too. It sounds stupid, but it's definitely
the smart idea. At the very
least, make sure your real friends know what you're doing.
- Before you take a running leap at the streets and a hard-knock life,
let somebody know
how you're feeling. Try talking to an understanding relative or friend, or
call the National
Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-621-4000. They are a better, more trustworthy
resource than a
stranger in a chat room.
- If you get suspicious e-mails, files, or pictures from someone you don't
know and trust,
trash them just like any other junk mail. You could have a lot to lose by
you've never even met. The same goes for clicking links or URLs that look
suspicious - just
don't do it.
- Avoid chat rooms or discussion areas that look sketchy or provocative,
and don't let people
online trick you into thinking of them as real-life friends if you've never
met them in person.
Just the same, don't let people goad you into online fights. If you go
looking for trouble on the
Internet, you'll find it, and things can get out of control really fast.