Teens Know Web 2.0: iHCPL for Teens is a self-paced discovery learning program designed to help teens make the most of free Web 2.0 technologies, such as photo editing sites, productivity tools, online videos, social networking and sites for sharing music.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Online Safety

Instant messaging, blogging and using social networks are quick and easy ways to share ideas and keep in contact with friends. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind while you do so.
  • Age Requirement
    • Only use sites where you meet the age requirements
  • Protect your personal information
    • Don't use your real name in your email address or screen name.
    • Think before you give your email to a company/organization or enter it to participate in a contest. You could end up with a lot of spam.
    • Don’t post your address, phone number and social security number on the Web or give them to anyone.
    • When setting up an account, remember to set the preferences. Only allow people listed as a Friend or a Buddy to chat with you, email you or see your profile.
  • Watch what you post
    • Don’t post photos or information that you wouldn’t want your parents or your teacher to see.
    • Use an avatar for your profile instead of a photo. Photos can be altered by other people and posted in other places on the Web.
  • Friends & buddy lists
    • Make sure your “Friends” or “Buddies” are people you actually know and can identify. People are less likely to give you trouble if they know you can identify them.
  • Take action when trouble starts
    • If anyone threatens you online or makes you feel uncomfortable, block them and file a complaint on the site or talk to an adult.
Discovery Resources

Can't see the above video, watch it on YouTube.
Watch the HCPL Legend Busters: Internet Safety Video above and select one of the following links to videos about online safety.

Discovery Exercise
  • Play ID the Creep to see if you can spot the unsafe online contacts.
  • Find out about some of the stories from Real Life teens.

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