Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Internet

  • Make your passwords difficult to guess
  • Never give your password to anyone for any reason, especially if you receive a message online which claims that your Internet provider needs to confirm your password, etc.

Buying something through the Internet:

  • Go to the www.internic.net web site to determine who owns the site you’re dealing with
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau serving the company’s location for complaints against the company
  • Don’t provide your credit card # online unless you are dealing with a reputable company
  • Be aware that there is much inaccurate information on the Internet/World Wide Web there are no safeguards to protect you

To increase the chances of getting accurate information:

  • Look for the following on the web site:

    • Author(s) name(s), affiliation(s) and credentials
    • References
    • Sources
    • Sponsors/funding sources
    • Date posted/updated

After getting information from the Internet:

  • Confirm it through a separate, reliable source

Regularly:

  • Change your password

Children:

If your child has access to the Internet:

  • Be aware that many child abusers/molesters use the Internet to gain a child’s trust and set up a one-on-one meeting
  • Warn your child:

    • About child molesters using the Internet
    • To not give out any personal information on the Internet, e.g.,

      • Where you live
      • Where you go to school
    • To never meet with someone who has contacted them on the Internet without your approval

  • Monitor your child’s use of the Internet, including where they spend their time (e.g., specific chat rooms)

  • Consider not letting your child:

    • Send E-mails
    • Use the computer unsupervised

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