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As Students Go Back to School, Supply Them With Valuable Online Safety Tips
Posted Date: 8/19/2014

School supply lists include plenty of items that will help set students up for success. Although pencils, papers, notebooks, and calculators are important, many students use electronics for school work and access the Internet at both school and home.

Do not share personal information. Keep personal information about yourself private. This includes information about your family members, your school, your telephone number, and your address.

Be careful what you write or upload. Think twice before you post or say anything online. Once it is out in cyberspace, it is there forever. Do not post anything that you would not want your family, other students, teachers, or current and future employers to see!

Connect with care. Do not click on links or open emails from people you do not know. Cyber criminals use emails and links that look okay to lure people into clicking. If you think an offer is too good to be true, it probably is.

Use strong passwords. Try not to use the same password for multiple sites. Make passwords strong and change them often.

Keep your belongings safe. Lock your computer and mobile phone.

Be a good online citizen. Understand that what you do online is the same as what you do in person. Be careful what you post or say about others.

Speak up! If you see something bad or inappropriate online, are contacted by someone you do not know or do not want to talk to, or see cyber-bullying take place, do not try to retaliate or get involved. Talk to a trusted adult and work together on how to solve the problem.

Don't leave valuables unattended. Crimes of opportunity can often be prevented by keeping your valuables, particularly electronics, in your possession. If you leave items in your vehicle and they're visible, the chances your vehicle will get broken into, increase greatly.