WISE KIDS Online Safety Tips
for Children and Young People
(Click here to download a WISE KIDS Sample Internet Safety Agreement
that you can use in your home, school or online centre)
The Internet is
a real community of people who are connected by computers, so
treat people that you don't know on the
Internet as strangers that you might meet in a street.
Do not give out any personal information
related to your family, friends or yourself like
full names, addresses, telephone
or mobile numbers or those of your parents. Other information
like the name and location of your school or details of school
activities can also identify you to others, whether you are in a
chat room, message board or newsgroup. Sometimes there are
people who watch out for such information, and they can put
together a picture of your activities over a period of time that
could be several weeks. So be careful with what you say, and
never give out your personal details.
Be aware when choosing your
chat username or email username not
to pick a provocative name as you would be more likely to be
sent provocative emails or harassed online.
Never agree to meet someone whom you've
met through the Internet, in real life without your
parent's permission, and if they agree, never go alone, but go
with a trusted adult.
Use your common sense. Someone you
are chatting to may not be who they say they are.
Do not fill out forms
online without consulting your parents or teachers.
There are websites which seek personal information and which use
this information for marketing or other commercial purposes.
Always check a website's privacy statement. Click
here to see
the WISE KIDS privacy statement. This describes what a
website will do with your information.
Do not open an email from
someone you do not know as you may
download viruses (which even come from people you do know), or
it may have contents that can upset you.
emails or emails with virus warnings are hoaxes. Before you
forward virus warnings to your friends and family,
that it is not a hoax.
pictures of yourself or any
other personal material to a friend you met online without
consulting your parents first.
Observe good net
etiquette. See the
WISE KIDS Guide
to Net Etiquette.
Always tell your
parents/teachers if you come across stuff on the Internet which
makes you feel uncomfortable, or if
someone on the Internet harasses you or threatens you.
Never respond to
provocative, rude, obscene or threatening messages
(whether in chat, newsgroups or
message boards) which make you feel uncomfortable. Tell your
parents or teachers about such messages and where possible, save
a copy of the message so that your parents or teachers can
forward it to your Internet Service Provider, or use it to make
a police report.
Always assess the
information you read on websites.
its on the Internet does not mean that its always truthful
information, especially when it comes to health issues, or when
you are doing research for homework.
Check that the website you are
getting your information from is a reliable and reputable one,
not one built on hearsay. Click
to find out how to assess emails or website content.
subscribing to public newsletters or programs like media plugins
or downloads that require you to give out an email address,
use a separate email
address from your personal one. This
will lessen the number of unwanted emails that you receive.
Be responsible and ethical when using the
Internet whether at home or in a public online centre or
cyber café, for e.g. not plagiarising information from the Net,
using the computer equipment responsibly, not causing harm to
others through your online activities.