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Being Safe Online

Being Safe Online Hey, have you started that project? What? Oh. Yeah, well– Whats the matter?

Who are you talking to? Its just someone who started texting me online a while back. I dont know. Theyre really nice. And theyre thinking we could go see a movie and– Frances, youre not planning on meeting a stranger you met on the internet, are you?

Did somebody say, the internet? Come with me! What?

Whoa. Where are we? Dont worry, friends. Im an internet helper. Ive made it my life goal to help kids learn that there are dangers on the internet.

Wait, what now? Dont worry. Im your friend.

Heres a little informative article for you youngsters. The internet. It may seem like a fantastic place, but beware. There are internet predators at every twist and turn.

The one solution? Dont go on the internet. Read a bike.

Ride a book. Hold up, hold up. Stop the article.

Yes? Do you have a question, little girl? What are you saying?

Yeah, you may be right that there are predators lurking on the internet. Theres a lot of dangerous people out there who want to spread hatred or find someone whos vulnerable. But you cant just tell kids to not go on the internet.

First of all, its a really important place for us to do our school work. The internet is also a great place to explore your identity, share your art and writing, and have really meaningful conversations with others. The important thing is knowing how to navigate it safely, and have people you can rely on if feel like youre in trouble. I guess thats what I wish I knew a year ago.

A boy, who I thought was really nice, asked me to send him a picture of me in my underwear. I just really liked him and wanted him to think I was cool. So I did it. A week later he posted it online. People began messaging me, insulting the way I looked.

I was devastated. I knew that I had to do something. I didnt really feel comfortable telling my parents, so I told my English teacher instead. She provided me with a list of organizations that help young people who are being cyberbullied, and helped me report the incident to the police.

I blocked the people harassing me, and two days later the original post was taken down. I guess what Im trying to say is, if something feels uncomfortable or unsafe, listen to your instincts. Most importantly, if someone you know asks you to share private photo of yourself, dont do it no matter what. Its not private, and once you put it out there, you lose control of what happens to it and can never take it back.

I just dont want what happened to me to ever happen to anyone, especially not one of my friends. Ninas right. I did feel uncomfortable texting a stranger. Im going to tell someone. Thanks, dude.

No problem, dude. So, yeah. Stop showing that dumb article, internet helper. You– you dare tell me how to do my job.

Go against what I said. You like the internet that much? Hows about I upload that old photo of yours online, if you love it so much?

Nina, what are we going to do? We cant let that thing upload that picture. Weve gotta work together. Quick, you go that way.

Distract it. Hey! Hey!

Over here! Ha! Being Safe Online Hey, have you started that project?

What? Oh. Yeah, well– Whats the matter? Who are you talking to? Its just someone who started texting me online a while back.

I dont know. Theyre really nice. And theyre thinking we could go see a movie and– Frances, youre not planning on meeting a stranger you met on the internet, are you? Did somebody say, the internet?

Come with me! What? Whoa. Where are we?

Dont worry, friends. Im an internet helper. Ive made it my life goal to help kids learn that there are dangers on the internet. Wait, what now?

Dont worry. Im your friend. Heres a little informative article for you youngsters.

The internet. It may seem like a fantastic place, but beware. There are internet predators at every twist and turn. The one solution?

Dont go on the internet. Read a bike. Ride a book. Hold up, hold up. Stop the article.

Yes? Do you have a question, little girl? What are you saying?

Yeah, you may be right that there are predators lurking on the internet. Theres a lot of dangerous people out there who want to spread hatred or find someone whos vulnerable. But you cant just tell kids to not go on the internet. First of all, its a really important place for us to do our school work. The internet is also a great place to explore your identity, share your art and writing, and have really meaningful conversations with others.

The important thing is knowing how to navigate it safely, and have people you can rely on if feel like youre in trouble. I guess thats what I wish I knew a year ago. A boy, who I thought was really nice, asked me to send him a picture of me in my underwear.

I just really liked him and wanted him to think I was cool. So I did it. A week later he posted it online. People began messaging me, insulting the way I looked. I was devastated.

I knew that I had to do something. I didnt really feel comfortable telling my parents, so I told my English teacher instead. She provided me with a list of organizations that help young people who are being cyberbullied, and helped me report the incident to the police. I blocked the people harassing me, and two days later the original post was taken down.

I guess what Im trying to say is, if something feels uncomfortable or unsafe, listen to your instincts. Most importantly, if someone you know asks you to share private photo of yourself, dont do it no matter what. Its not private, and once you put it out there, you lose control of what happens to it and can never take it back. I just dont want what happened to me to ever happen to anyone, especially not one of my friends.

Ninas right. I did feel uncomfortable texting a stranger. Im going to tell someone. Thanks, dude.

No problem, dude. So, yeah. Stop showing that dumb article, internet helper. You– you dare tell me how to do my job. Go against what I said.

You like the internet that much? Hows about I upload that old photo of yours online, if you love it so much? Nina, what are we going to do? We cant let that thing upload that picture.

Weve gotta work together. Quick, you go that way. Distract it. Hey!

Hey! Over here! Ha!

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