The Internet is a great place to get in touch with friends, play games, and even do homework. There are many ways to get online, including laptops, desktop computers at home, and cell phones. This is great for teens, but it’s also scary, too. That’s because there are many things that happen on the Internet that are dangerous for teens. To safely go online, whether at home, school, or a friend’s house, teens need to know what to watch out for and what to avoid.
The Internet is huge, and it can reach people as close as next door or as far away as a country across the world. Once something goes online, it stays online and can be very difficult to remove completely. Sometimes, it can’t be removed at all. These are things that teens should remember when talking to people on the Internet or when they are sending out pictures or information about themselves. What’s done on the Internet can hurt for a long time. Sometimes it can hurt a kid’s feelings, but other times it can cause a kid to actually get hurt. One of the ways that a teen can actually get hurt is by talking to people online. When talking to people that they don’t know, it can be impossible to know if they are who they say they are. Some people who visit chat rooms or online social groups may pretend to be a teen, but they are not. These people lie and are actually adult men and women. These people may be child molesters or what are known as pedophiles. They search the Internet for teens who trust them and who will give them personal information. These adults may then show up at the school or home of the teen and may even follow them around so that they can kidnap and hurt them. Other adults online may send pictures of themselves naked and ask teens to do the same.
Another danger of the Internet is cyberbullying. Cyberbullying happens when kids bully other kids using the Internet. They may send funny or awkward pictures of someone to other kids in school. Sometimes they may send pictures of someone when they are not dressed or make it look like a teen is naked. Teens also use the Internet to spread mean rumors about one another. These rumors or pictures may be sent to one or two people, but they can easily be sent to additional people all over town and in other cities. Pictures or mean rumors may even reach parents, teachers, and other adults.
Chat groups, online social media groups, and forums are all potentially dangerous for teens who are not being safe while online. While using these types of sites, it is important for teens not to share any information that says who they are, where they live, or where they go to school. Phone numbers and email addresses should never be posted online. If someone asks for them, teens shouldn’t be afraid to say no. It is very important not to send pictures over the Internet as well, no matter how nice someone may seem. Remember, things like this can stay online for a long time and can be used to hurt you. If a person does ask for personal information or pictures, it is very important that the teen tells his or her parents. The person asking may be a bad person who needs to be stopped before he or she hurts someone. Another way that kids can stay safe while online is to only visit trusted chat groups and websites that are meant for people their age.
Teens who are victims of cyberbullying should inform a parent immediately. There’s no reason to be embarrassed or ashamed. Parents, teachers, and, if necessary, the police can help put a stop to this type of bullying before it gets out of hand. It is also important that kids never take pictures of themselves when they are naked or only partially clothed. This might seem like fun with friends, but those pictures can easily end up in the wrong hands and on the Internet.
There are many fun and cool things for kids to do when they are online. A lot of it is beneficial and can be a great way to pass the time with friends. Kids have to also be careful, though, because there are many bad things on the Internet that can ruin their experience and even cause them to get hurt. For this reason, it is important to always be safe while using the Internet.
For more information about online security tips for teens, check out the links below.
- Broken Friendship (Video)
- Internet Safety Tips for Middle School Kids
- Internet Safety Tips for Children and Teens
- Living Life Online (PDF)
- Interenet Safety Social Networks
- Stop Cyberbullying
- Kids Guide for Privacy Online
- Online Safety Quiz
- Internet Safety for Kids: Notes, Advice & Warnings for Parents and Kids
- Standup or Standby: Interactive Cyberbullying Game
- Online Safety
- Cyber Savvy Teens (PDF)
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