“Are You Media Smart?” Friend, August 2009, 28
Computers, TV, and movies can help you learn and have fun. But there are also bad things about them that can hurt you. Here are 10 ways to stay safe when you use the computer or watch TV:
Always ask a parent for permission before you use the Internet or watch TV, and use computers or televisions only in an open area of your home, within the view of your parents.
Go only to Web sites that you and your parents know are good for children. Ask your parents to set your TV and Web browser to block bad content.
Don’t be afraid to leave the room or ask someone to turn off movies, video games, or music that make you feel uncomfortable.
If you have a page on a social-networking Web site, ask your parents to help you make sure that people you don’t know can’t see your page.
When you are on the Internet, don’t give someone you don’t know personal information like your name, address, or phone number.
Don’t send someone you don’t know a photograph of yourself.
Never agree to meet in person someone you “met” on the Internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents.
Don’t give anyone your passwords.
Don’t open an e-mail from someone you don’t know. If you get an e-mail you’re unsure about, check with your parents.
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