It is really important to understand when you go online and play games or talk with your friends, that there are some bad people that spend all their time trying to trick kids into trusting them.
When ever you go on the Internet it is really important that you NEVER tell anyone your full name, address, phone number or any other information about yourself that might help a bad person find you, your family or friends. For example you might be talking to a new friend who tells you about where he goes to school, you might think it would be ok to tell them about your school, but if the person you are talking to is a bad person pretending to be a kid your age, they can then use the location of your school to find you.
The best way to keep those bad people away is to make sure that you only talk and hang out with your mates. Don’t talk to people you don’t know. Talk to your friends at school and find out their online names, so when they ask to join your friend list you will know who they are. If you should find that some how a stranger has found their way into your circle of friends, don’t be afraid to use the block or ignore feature, those people can no longer bother you once they have been blocked.
Never send any personal information or photos over the internet. Bad people have many ways of getting information from the Internet and from other people’s computers using very sneaky software programs that can be hidden onto your computer when you go to a new website or receive an email.
Talk to someone if you notice anything unusual happening to your computer, or website and especially if you feel that someone is harassing you or making you feel uncomfortable. Talk to Mum, Dad, Nan, Pop, Uncle or Aunty about anything that you might be worried about. If your family are not very good with computers go to your computer teacher or maybe your Librarian or Principal for some help. There is always someone you can talk to.
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