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Internet Safety Tips


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Dublin City Public Libraries promotes safe and responsible use of the Internet, especially amongst children and young people. This safety handout has been released to coincide with Safer Internet Day 2010, 9 February.The theme for 2010 is "Think B4 U post!".
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Internet Safety Tips

  1. 1. Internet Safety Tips For Children The Internet can be a great place to find and exchange information, to meet your friends, to be entertained. But it can also be an unsafe place if you are not sure of what you are doing, where you are going or if you are meeting people online you haven't met in person before. Just like parts of your city or your neighbourhood can be unsafe, so can parts of the Internet. You wouldn't wander around certain places after dark on your own, would you? You need to be just as cautious on the Internet. Don't let down your guard and feel totally safe on the Internet just because you are sitting in the comfort of your home. Here are some safety tips to help make your Internet experience a safer and more pleasant experience; • Keep your identity as secret as possible. • Never post personal information that can identify you or be used to locate you. Don't post your full name, address, your age, phone numbers, your school name or where you might hang out. And don't post other people's information either. • Use a nickname rather than your real name. • Don't post information about yourself that you don't want others to see. Remember, many people may be able to see what you post, even people you may not want to see your information. • Once you post information you can't take it back. Even deleting it later is no guarantee that it can no longer be seen. • Photos: Think before you post. Once you upload a photo, you've lost control over where it appears, who sees it, and what happens to it • Personal photos should not have information that can help identify or locate you. Dublin City Public Libraries Page 1 2/9/2010
  2. 2. • Don't respond to an online message if it makes you feel uncomfortable or threatened. Tell an adult you trust and report it to the social networking site you are in. Don't become a victim. • If unsure of something, check with your parents. • Check with your parents first if you are required to give out personal information in order to enter a competition, access a site or buy something online. • Be respectful. Be polite. Never say nasty or untrue things. Don't provoke, you can get a nasty reaction that makes you regret it. • Never meet in person with anyone you first 'met' on the Internet. Be wary if a new online 'friend' wants to meet you in person. Tell your parents or an adult you trust. • Not everyone you meet online may be who they say they are. Some people lie about who they really are. And not everyone has friendly intentions. • You wouldn't let a stranger into your house, into your 'world', would you? Remember, that in effect is what you could be doing when 'talking' to a stranger online. Keep a 'distance' between you and strangers online. • If you create your own 'presence' or page on the Internet, consider restricting access to 'real-life' friends or family. • Social networking sites (e.g. Bebo, MySpace, Facebook, Xanga) are a great way to keep in touch with your friends. Learn how they help you to protect your identity. Be smart. • Social network sites will usually state a minimum age for members - 13 years in the case of Bebo, 14 years in the case of MySpace. Abide by their rules if you join up when old enough to do so. Source: _internet.aspx Dublin City Public Libraries Page 2 2/9/2010
  3. 3. Internet Safety - Guide for Parents The Internet is a great educational and entertainment resource for children. As with other mediums such as books, not all content on the Internet is suitable for children. Unlike books the Internet has features such as email and chat rooms that need special attention especially when used by children. The Office for Internet Safety, Ireland has tips on how you can help your children to surf the Internet safely and supervise its use in your home. Don't deny you child access to the Internet. It is to deprive them of what can be an enjoyable and a learning experience. Indeed an essential one in today's world. Think of the education potential alone. But be aware of the pitfalls and make your child aware of them too. Help them to have a safer experience. • Make sure your child doesn't spend all of his or her time on the computer. • Keep the computer in a family room, not in your child's bedroom. • Tell them what they must be aware of in order to keep safe. See our internet safety tips for children. • Teach them what information they can share with others online and what they can't. • Be aware of where your child is spending their time online. • Learn something about computers and the Internet so that you know something of the sites your child is visiting on the Internet. Learn about chat rooms, instant messaging, social network sites. • Make sure that your children feel comfortable coming to you with questions and don't over react if things go wrong. • Talk to your child about their online experience. Encourage them to talk to you. • Make sure your child knows the rules you lay down about their use of the Internet. And get them to agree to them! Source: %20Services/Computers_Internet/Pages/index.aspx Dublin City Public Libraries Page 3 2/9/2010
  4. 4. Dublin City Public Libraries Administrative Headquarters, Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Tel.: (01) 6744800 Fax: (01) 6744879 (Administration) (01) 6744880 (Management) Email: Leabharlanna Poiblí Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath Príomhoifigí Riaracháin, Leabharlann agus Cartlann Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath, 138 - 144 Sráid an Phiarsaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 2. Fón: (01) 6744800 Facs: (01) 6744879 Rí Dublin City Public Libraries Page 4 2/9/2010