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Part II: Be safe in cyberspace

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We have all been there. “You have won $$$”, “I need help now!”, or “I need a friend. There are some times found in the subject lines of emails that most adults have gotten. At times they come on a daily basis. Adults, at least most adults, are smart enough to know not to open these emails or to fall for their content. Young adults and youth may fall easily into these traps so the adults need to keep educating them on the dangers of online scams and predators.

What are some of the things that we should be teaching youth and young adults? In this installment we will list a few here.

1. If the youth gets an email from someone they do not know they need to ask an adult. Do not open it and if they do by accident do not respond or click on any links that may be in the email.

2. Chat rooms can be ok if scanned by adult. If the young adult goes into a chat room don’t believe everything others say and do not accept private chats from someone they do not know in real life.

3. Don’t get into fights with anyone online and do not pick on anyone online even if you know them.

4. Be smart about picking a screen name. Do not use your name or birth date in a screen name.

5. Do not give any personal information to anyone online. You can never be sure who you are giving it to. They can steal your identity or be a predator who will figure out where you live.

6. Do not give your password to anyone except parents. No one needs access to your accounts for any reason. If you are on a public computer, like in a library, log off and close the windows so no one can access your accounts.

These tips are simple. Even if they if they have heard this before it bears repeating.

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