Online Safety Tips For Teens
1. Never give your password out. If someone gains access to your password they can read your mail, buy stuff with your credit card information, & obtain personal & identifiable information. They can change your profile, play pranks using your name, & possibly get you kicked off your service. They can also change your password & lock you out of your account.
Choose a password that is easy for you to remember but cannot be easily guessed. You may want to change your password frequently, at least once a month (but make sure you write it down so you don't forget). Be careful if someone is watching you enter your password - they may look over your shoulder & steal it. He/she who controls the password controls everything.
2. Never give out any information that will allow someone to find you off-line. Information such as the school you attend, the teams you are on, the place where you work, your address, your telephone number, or your detailed description when linked with other information can help someone find you if they are looking very hard.
Be careful where else you put information that is publicly accessible, such as school & personal web sites, friends' web sites, profiles, & ICQ registries.
Don't use your full name online (first & last). You may even want to be careful before you use your real first name. Your name, when linked with other information, can allow someone to find you.
3. When choosing a screen name, you should consider not using your whole or part of your real name. Don't choose one that is provocative (flirtatious, vulgar, etc.). You should choose a screen name that is easy to remember.
4. Make sure that you have an anti virus program. Your program is only as good as how frequently you update it, since new viruses are spread around every day"
More Tips to come soon :)