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Information to help you stay safe Online

Online discussion forums can be fun, informative and even supportive. You can post up questions and get answers, chat with people who have similar concerns and learn new things from other people's experiences. However you should always keep in mind that people who use the net can easily lie about their age, interests, who they are and their gender. People you meet online are strangers and it is important you know how to stay safe.

You should never give out any personal information when you are online. You wouldn't give your phone number out to someone you didn't know and the same applies when interacting with people on the net.
It is best not to give out your email address, but if you do wish to exchange emails with people, make sure you set up an email address that does not use any word that could identify you, your family, or even your general location e.g. the city where you live.
Many people read message boards but never actually post a message. If you post lots of details about your life then people who you aren't even aware of may also be able to work out who you are.
Some people have met up face to face with people they have met online and discovered the person is not as they described themselves online. Young people need to take particular care and always bring a parent or another adult when meeting online friends. It is always best to be cautious and if your friend is genuine, they will understand.
If you are over 18 and decide to meet up with someone you meet online, take sensible precautions. Take a friend with you, meet in a public place with lots of people around and make sure someone knows where you are going and when you will be back.

Useful websites

Chat danger - site about the potential dangers of interactive services like chat, IM, online games, email and mobile phones.
BBC Chat Guide - site for young people to help them get the best out of chat while staying safe.
BBC One Life Staying Safe - tips to make sure you're chatting safely.
Kidsmart - site for young people to get involved in thinking about being safe online.
Netsmartz - an interactive, educational safety resource.
Think U Know - guide to staying safe online.
Super highway safety site - for schools and parents.

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