SMART Rules.

Smart Rules for the internet

S: Being safe is one of the most vital purposes for any social media around, as there are many people in outside areas you may not know, want your personal information. Things like your password -for any online media -shouldn’t be shared with anyone you know (sometimes you can share your password to family). Even if you have met the person for a few days, months, years online, it’s safe that you don’t share your password. Information that should only be personal to you and others, consist of : your email address, phone number and address. Do you really think of being save when online?

M: Online friends may be a joy if you are playing games such as minecraft, msp ect… But sometimes, they may ask to meet up with you somewhere close to where you live.  Talking to people you THINK you know, may start to change as they reveal where they live, their surname, their address and a photo of them which is why you should never share any details. You may have known them for a few days, but you should never meet them online unless your parents have approved and have grown to trust this person. Remember, online friends or people you have known, are still vaguely strangers to you, as you have never seen them in real life. If someone asked you to meet up, what would you do?

A: People you may know, might say that accepting emails, messages or opening files -pictures and texts- will lead to no problem, its quite true if you know the person in real life, but in some cases, if you don’t know that person don’t. It would most likely lead to problems for you, serious viruses or nasty messages that will hurt you and your feelings. Would you accept and open a file or an email from someone you don’t really know?

R: Sometimes when your having so much fun playing or going on social media, you may not realise the danger of  messaging someone you don’t know, as they may lie about their details. It’s not just online chatrooms that may cause dangers, it’s the sites you may go on when researching information for your homework or extra curricular. Make sure you know the website your going on is legit, sponsored, or spot out for these words in links: org, www, sch. If your really keen on talking to people, it might be best talking to people you know in real life such as: parents, friends, careers etc… So do you really think you know who your talking to?

T: You might think your parents are very embarrassing, but sometimes talking to them about your struggles on the Internet might comfort you. Being uncomfortable on the Internet is quite common as well as being worried. If you or someone you know is getting the bullying treatment, number one rule would be to to tell someone you know and can trust. Have you ever been in a situation where you had to tell a person you can trust about, one of these feelings? 

Conclusion

You might have heard these rules over and over again, but people can’t stress how serious not following these rules have lead to. If  sometimes your parents are extremely busy with work, you could call childline as they accept any call wether what age you are and whatever the cause- no big or small- open all hours, 24/7- their number is: 0800 1111! 

 

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