For Youth

Internet Safety
This is a great place for both new and advanced Web users to find information on using the Internet wisely.

Los Gatos Police Department Youth Internet Safety Tips
  • Keep your passwords private, even from your best friend! Your online service will never ask for them, so neither should anyone else.
  • Use only your log-in name and/or e-mail address when chatting or sending e-mail. Never give out personal information like your name, address, or phone number.
  • Don't share photos of yourself, your family, or your home with people you meet online.
  • Always delete unknown e-mail attachments without opening them. They can contain destructive viruses.
  • If a person writes something that is mean or makes you feel uncomfortable, don't respond. Just log off and tell your parents, who can report it to your online service provider.
  • Remember that nothing you write on the Web is completely private -- including e-mail. So be careful and think about what you type and who you tell.
  • Not everyone is as nice, cute, and funny as they may sound online. Never make plans to meet an online "friend" in person.
  • WHEN IN DOUBT -- always ask your parents for help -- and just LOG OFF if you're not sure! You can always go back online later.
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