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Instant Message &
Chat Room Safety Tips

  • Never give out personal information (such as name, age, address, phone number, school, town, password, schedule, your picture) or fill out questionnaires or any forms online.

  • Never meet in person with anyone you have met online without Mom and/or Dad's presence.

  • Do not enter a chat room without Mom and/or Dad's presence or supervision. Some “kids” you meet in chat rooms may not really be kids; they may be adults with bad intentions. Remember, people may not be who they say they are.

  • Be suspicious of anyone who tries to turn you against your parents, teachers, or friends. They may have a hidden agenda.

  • Never respond to or send email or instant message to new people you meet online. Talk to your parents first so that they can check it out. Also, do not engage in an online conversation that makes you feel uncomfortable, log off and tell your parents. If you get such a message, DO NOT respond. Sending a response only encourages the person. Instead, show it to your parents and let them handle it.

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