Students are reminded that while the Internet is a valuable tool and provides a vast amount of information and resources, it also has some inherent dangers. Identity theft via the internet is a significant issue and can take years for a victim to recoup from such an event. Sexual predators surf the web hoping to lure unsuspecting victims into sexually related conversations and/or face to face meetings. Students are encouraged to exercise caution and good judgment when visiting the Web and especially those sites geared towards adolescent and young adult users. Students are encouraged to follow these safety tips when using the internet:
- Never give out identifying information such as full name, date of birth, Social Security number, financial information, home/school address and/or telephone number to someone you do not know or trust.
- Be cautious when engaging in conversations that become obscene, sexually explicit/suggestive, threatening or make you feel uncomfortable.
- Never transmit, receive, or view child pornography via the internet – it is a crime. Remember that people online may not be who they say they are – the person may be a sexual predator, a scam artist or even a police officer engaged in a “sting” operation.
- Be very careful about offers that involve you coming to a meeting or having someone come to your house/school.
- If you receive unwanted messages seek the assistance of your internet service provider to block them.