Internet Tips For Students






Avoid the Dangers of Social Media Sites



  • Be Aware,   Social Media Sites are never 100% secure


  • Social Media provides an easy way for a stranger to contact you or find out vital information about you


  • If privacy settings are not set on your social media accounts, anyone could watch you while you are online







Protect Yourself while using Social Media Sites



  • Be sure to set your privacy settings


  • Allow only people you know to "follow" you; or to be on your "friends list"


  • If you receive a request or invitation from someone not on your list of "followers" or your "friends" list, or from a stranger, you can block them from contacting you


  • Be sure that you do not provide any personal information about you or your family in your profile







Follow the Rules



It is illegal:



  • to threaten people over the Internet or phone


  • to send graphic photos to people under the age of 18


  • to harass or bully anyone


  • to use other´s credit cards without their permission


  • to download music without permission


  • to use someone else´s identity without their permission







Protect your Information



  • Do not give out your name, address, phone number, photo, birthdate, or social security number


  • Use extreme caution when writing your profile


  • Protect your password from others, even your friends.  Giving them your password is like giving them the keys to your house


  • Beware of free offers and surveys







Answers



  • Never respond if you feel uncomfortable


  • Never say you´re alone


  • Don´t answer questions, even with lies







Security



  • Kids and teens should not make online purchases


  • Use caution when downloading music and games.  Check with your parents and your school before using any file-sharing program


  • Enable Firewalls


  • Use Virus Checkers


  • Install Security updtes from your Internet Service Provider







Strangers



  • On-line "friends" are still strangers


  • Meetings are forbidden


  • People on the Internet may have many identities







Cyberbullying



  • Cyberbullying is the computer version of bullying.  It is the sending or posting of harmful or cruel text or images over the Internet, or through other methods of communication


  • A cyberbully is a bully that chooses to use the Internet for purposes of bullying or harassing others.   This bully may be someone a student knows, or a stranger on the Internet


  • A cyberbully is usually under the misconception that their identity is anonymous, thus empowering them to bully, harass, or transmit pictures across the Internet or Social Media sites.  What they don´t realize, is that every time they send a message, they are creating cyber-footprints which can be traced to their IP address.


  • Cyberbullying is against the law


  • If you or someone you know is a victim of cyberbullying, tell a responsible adult immediately.  They will contact the proper authority to put an end to the cyberbullying.






Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office
32 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301
508-584-8120