Internet Safety for Teens

  • In chat rooms be sure your screen name is different from your real name. That way if you get into a conversation that makes you uncomfortable you can exit without the person knowing who you are.
  • Avoid posting things that reveal who you are (ex. the name of your school, where your team meets, etc.). That way they cannot find you another way.
  • Avoid posting pictures if there is a chance that they could get into the wrong hands. You can’t always control how your picture is seen.
  • If you are made to feel uncomfortable or feel you are in danger tell an adult that you trust.
  • To avoid stumbling onto explicit images or chat rooms where someone may take advantage of you, stay in safe online places.
  • Never agree to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Using Apps Safely

Instagram

Do:
Keep up with friends and share memorable events

Don’t:

  • Allow people who you don’t know to follow you
  • Use location tags
  • Reply to DMs from strangers
Instagram

Snapchat

Do:
Document your life through stories and have fun with filters

Don’t:

  • Enable your Snap Map 
  • Snap with strangers
  • Forget that snaps can easily be screenshot and shared

Snapchat

TikTok

Do:
Make fun videos to share with friends

Don’t:

  • Reply to DMs from strangers
  • Participate in challenges that you do not feel comfortable with, just because everyone else is doing it

Tik Tok