SAFETY FOR KIDS
Kids on the Net's guidelines for Net Safety
The Internet is UNCENSORED, that means that anyone can say anything
at any time. You may find people who who think the world is flat...
you may find people who think children are messy and dirty and
shouldn't be allowed. And some people pretend to be kids when
they're not. To avoid any problems:
Unless you have the PERMISSION of your Mum,Dad, carer or teacher:
- Never fill out questionnaires or any forms online, or give
out personal information to anyone (such as your full name,
address, phone number or school) about yourself or anyone else.
- Never tell anyone online where you will be or what you will
be doing in real life.
- Never respond to or send email to new
people you meet online.
- Never go into a new online area that
is going to cost additional money
- Never post, send or receive
pictures online. Picture files generally end with GIF, JPG,
or JPEG. Don’t send a picture
even by snailmail to anyone you've met on the Internet
buy or order products online.
- Never mention your physical
description to anyone. People on the internet do not need
to know what you look like.
Unless you have your Mum, Dad and teacher WITH YOU:
- Never agree to meet in person with anyone you have spoken
- Never enter a chat room. Some "kids" you
meet in chat rooms my not really be kids; they may be adults
Remember, people may not be who they say they are.
And there are rules for polite behaviour on the Net just as
there are for everywhere else. These are known as NETIQUETTE.
- it's not just a computer, there are real people out there
with real feelings.
- Don't say rude or nasty things to anyone
- Don't do things online that you know you shouldn't
do in real life.
- Never respond to rude or offensive email,
messages, or postings.
- Don't type in capital letters - it's
thought of as SHOUTING.
What to do if something odd happens:
- If people are saying horrid or worrying things online, don't
join in or answer. Just quit or close and go somewhere else:
then tell your parents or teacher. Tell adults at once if anyone
says "bad" things to you online.
- Don't open emails
that you did not ask for if they have attachments. Tell an
adult at once if this happens, or if you open an email
that has "bad" things in.
- Remember that sometimes
people pretend to be different people online.
- If you find a
website with "bad" stuff, just click
the back button and go somewhere else.
- Never respond to rude
or offensive email, messages, or postings. Never respond to
any angry or suggestive contact, or anything
that makes you feel uncomfortable. Immediately log off and
telling Mum/Dad/teacher as soon as possible.
- Always tell Mum
and/or Dad about something you saw, whether you meant to or
not, that is upsetting.
- Tell Mum/Dad/Teacher if anything seems
strange to you, if you are asked personal ("what are you
questions, or if your online friend invites you someplace.
Whether you use Mum or Dad's email address or have your own
Don't send or receive email without them checking it first or
checking it with you.
return to top