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  • Use the strongest privacy settings.
  • Think before you click!
  • If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online.
  • Don’t put personal information online – EVER!
  • If you don’t know the person, don’t talk to them!

Connecting with others online is part of our daily lives. However, it is important to know that much of the personal information you post online is NOT private! It can have a negative impact on you, your family, friends, education, and even your future career!

You Have to Understand the Risks

  • Remember: once information is posted online, it can be shared and basically goes public;
  • It could stay there forever. Never assume that anything posted online is private – it is not.

Online Social Networking Sites: Understand Your Options

  • Read up on privacy options – will your information remain yours?
  • Choose a website that offers a variety of options regarding privacy controls;
  • Make sure you understand how the privacy options work and set your privacy controls before using the network;
  • Don’t assume the default settings will automatically protect your privacy – they probably won’t!

Stay in Control

If someone contacts you online:

  • Do you know who that person is, offline?
  • If someone wants to friend you, do you know them? If not, how do you know they’re telling the truth about themselves?
  • Don’t give out any personal information such as your home address, places you frequent at particular times, your class schedules, etc.

Reasons to Stay in Control

  • Remember, anyone can sign up for an email account (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, MSN), with a fake name, age, or location;
  • There is no way to know who is real online unless you know them offline;
  • People lie – not everyone uses texting or social networking sites truthfully.

Always Remember

  • Nothing you post online is ever private;
  • Anything you post online may remain there forever.

Stranger Danger/Predators

  • Remember, anyone can sign up for an email account (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, MSN), with a fake name, age, or location;
  • There is no way to know who is real online unless they are a friend in real life;
  • Some people will not use IM or a Social Networking site truthfully;
  • Never share any personal information or pictures; predators can use it to harass you;
  • If you don’t know the person, don’t accept their friend request or talk to them; and
  • Tell your parent or an authority figure to help you out.

Unintended Consequences

YOU may have the best intentions while online, but OTHERS could manipulate what you post or share to try to harass or harm you.

  • YOU may be looking to make a friend – HE or SHE may be an online predator;
  • YOU may want to share a photo with your crush – HE or SHE may want to share it with friends.


  • Think before you click
  • Never take a compromising picture of yourself and share it with anyone
  • If you don’t know the identity of a person offline, don’t talk to them online


What is sexting?

Often, teens send explicit images to a partner or friends for their eyes only. Or in a moment of blurred judgment, they let someone take pictures of them that they might not otherwise agree to. What can potentially happen next is:
  • Harassment or cyberstalking: threats to share the images;
  • Outing: posting or sharing the images publicly;
  • Impersonation: pretending to be the person who created the image and posting or sharing them publicly, often with the suggestion that the person is interested in sexual contact.


  • Sexting is a criminal activity that can lead to jail time;
  • It can lead to severe bullying, sexual harassment and abuse, which may lead to self-harm or even suicide;
  • Oshawa man charged for allegedly sharing ex-girlfriend’s nude cellphone photos: October, 2012 – an Oshawa man faces charges for distributing nude photos online of his ex-girlfriend, in an act of revenge for their break-up.


  • Think before you click!
  • Don’t trust anyone. It may SEEM like a good idea now, but it will come back to haunt you.

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Think before you click! Information you post online can come back to haunt you:

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