Stay Safe on the Internet

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What is the internet?
   • It is how computers all over the world talk to each other. 
   • It lets you connect the computer you use to another computer. 
   • The internet is easy to learn.

The internet can be fun!
   • Do you use the internet? You can use it to: 
      o Find things to do 
      o Plan a trip 
      o Write to friends and family 
      o Buy things

You have to be careful.
   • Some people who use the internet are trying to break the law. 
   • They might ask you for things that will help them steal from you or hurt you. 
   • If you use the internet, it’s important to keep yourself safe from these people.
What do they ask for?
   • They ask for your personal information. 
   • They might ask for: 
      o Your name, address, or phone number; 
      o Your birth date; 
      o Your social security number; or 
      o Your credit card number or bank information.

What do I do?
   • The best things to do are: 
      o Just say no 
      o Do not give out personal information over the internet
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What if I get an email from someone I do not know?
   • If you do not know the person or company who sent it, do not open it! 
   • Some people will pretend to be your bank or credit card company. 
      o Do not give them any information. 
      o If you are not sure, ask someone. 
      o Or, call your bank or credit card company and ask about it.

What if I buy things on the internet?
   • If you do, you may need to use a credit card. 
   • Look for a sign that tells you the website is safe.

Other ways people can steal your personal information.
   • They use email to put a virus in your computer. 
   • The virus sends people your personal information. 
   • Make sure to: 
      o Get a program to protect your computer from a virus; and 
      o Write down your passwords, do not save them on your computer.

Same thing for your medical information.
   • Someone might ask for your insurance or medical record number. 
   • They will use the information to buy medicine and charge it to you. 
   • Do not give anyone that information online. 
   • If you buy medicine online, make sure it is a safe website.

Can you make friends on the internet?
   • You can meet new people on the internet. 
   • Good places to meet people on the internet are: 
      o Websites for self-advocates 
      o Websites about things you enjoy, like movies or games

What if someone on the internet asks to meet you?
   • Sometimes, people who meet on the internet like to see each other. 
   • It can be fun to meet someone in person. 
   • Sometimes people on the internet do not tell the truth. They may not really be your friend. 
   • You have to be careful and stay safe!
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How can you stay safe if an internet friend asks you to meet them?
   • Talk to someone about it. 
   • A friend, family member, or someone who works with you can help you decide if you should go.

How can you be safe if an internet friend asks you to meet them?
   • If you do meet someone, take someone with you and meet in a very public place, like a: 
   • Library 
   • Place to eat 
   • You should never go alone to meet someone.

To find out more on internet safety:
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