The page was set up to help people find friends. Unfortunately, there are scam and con artists on the Internet who use a fun place like this to look for victims…. of ALL kinds!
And that victim may be YOU!
Don’t let that happen!
This article was taken from a great article on internet safety. Check it out!
First rule of smart surfing? Remain as anonymous as possible. That means keeping all private information private. Here are some examples of private information that you should never give out on the Internet:
- full name
- home address
- phone number
- Social Security number
- names of family members
- credit card numbers
Most credible people and companies will never ask for this type of information online. So if someone does, it’s a red flag that they may be up to no good.
Think carefully before you create an email address or screen name. Web experts recommend that you use a combination of letters and numbers in both — and that you don’t identify whether you’re male or female.
In chat rooms, use a nickname that’s different from your screen name. That way, if you ever find yourself in a conversation that makes you uncomfortable, you can exit without having to worry that someone knows your screen name and can track you down via email. Some people who hang out with their friends online set up private chat rooms where only they and the people they invite can enter to chat.
Experts recommend that people keep online friendships in the virtual world. Meeting online friends face to face carries more risks than other types of friendships because it’s so easy for people to pretend to be something they’re not when you can’t see them or talk in person.
If you ever get involved in a chat room conversation that makes you feel uncomfortable or in danger for any reason, exit and tell a parent or other adult right away so they can report the incident. You can also report it to the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children — they have a form for reporting this type of incident called CyberTipline. They will then see that the info is forwarded to law enforcement officials for investigation.
Make Sure to leave a way for your new penpal to contact you, and when you want your email removed, email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll remove it. <3