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Stuff to Know

Split Decisions- Lily and Gabriela aren’t getting along, on- or offline. Will their decisions lead to common ground or digital drama? https://www.nsteens.org/Videos/SplitDecisions

You Can't Take It Back- A teen regrets his participation on a website created to rate others at his school. https://www.nsteens.org/Videos/YouCantTakeItBack

Broken Friendship- A friendship is broken when a teen gives her best friend's password to some other girls at school. https://www.nsteens.org/Videos/BrokenFriendship

  • Never respond to harassing or rude comments.
  • Save or print the evidence.
  • Talk to your parents or guardian if you are harassed; get help reporting this to your ISP, school, or local law enforcement.
  • Respect others online.
  • Only share your password with your parent or guardian.
  • Change your passwords often.
  • Password protect your cell phone.
  • Use privacy settings to block unwanted messages.
  • Think before posting or sending photos – they could be used to hurt you.
  • Contact the site administrator if someone creates a social networking page in your name.

6 Degrees of Information- Five teens find out how much information an Internet researcher is able to find out about them online. https://www.nsteens.org/Videos/6DegreesOfInformation

  • Keep your personal information private.
  • Only add friends you know in real life.
  • Set your profile and blog to private.
  • Use a nickname that doesn’t identify your location, gender, or age.
  • Never meet in person with anyone you first met online.
  • Contact the site administrator if someone creates a social networking page in your name.
  • Alter your pictures and videos before you post them to remove identifying information.
  • Profile and photo share only with people on your friends list.
  • Don’t post your plans or whereabouts on your site.
  • Ignore harassing or rude comments posted on your profile.
  • Think about the possible consequences of the information and photos you post.
  • Never post sexually provocative photos. 

Two Kinds of Stupid- Eduardo learns that posting inappropriate pictures online is two kinds of stupid. https://www.nsteens.org/Videos/TwoKindsOfStupid

  • Stay in control of your online reputation!
  • Don’t post information, photos, or videos you might regret later.
  • Think about your online image (Who will see this? What will they think?)
  • Use privacy settings to limit access to your page; don’t let anyone – not predators or cyberbullies - gain access to information that’s yours.
  • Remember that online choices have offline consequences and in some cases, legal implications.
  • Consider how fast information and images get forwarded to people beyond your group of friends via texting, IM, and e-mail – especially sexually explicit ones. 

Julie's Journey- Julie talks about when she left home for three weeks with a convicted murderer she had developed a relationship with online. https://www.nsteens.org/Videos/JuliesJourney

Amy's Choice- Hear the true story of a 15-year-old girl who left home to meet in person with a man she first "met" online. https://www.nsteens.org/Videos/AmysChoice

  • Remember that not everyone you meet online is trustworthy.
  • No one that you meet online should ask you to keep secrets from your trusted adults.
  • Ask a trusted adult before sharing personal information with an online friend.
  • Be suspicious if an online “friend” tries to turn you against your friends and family.
  • Don’t accept gifts from people that you meet online.
  • real friend, whether you’ve met them in real life or online, won’t pressure you into doing anything that makes you uncomfortable.
  • Report anyone who sends you or asks you to send inappropriate messages and photos.
  • Be a good friend: talk to a trusted adult if someone you know is planning to meet offline.
  • If someone asks you to meet offline, tell a trusted adult immediately.
  • Don’t respond to people asking you for personal or inappropriate information.   

Gaming- Got game? These teens do! Hear what your peers have to say about gaming online. https://www.nsteens.org/Videos/Gaming

  • If you run into a griefer, don’t respond. Block them, save any evidence, and report them.
  • Choose gender-neutral, appropriate screennames.
  • Use voice-mask so other gamers don’t know your age or gender.
  • Don’t share personal information through game chat.
  • Don’t share your account details, like passwords, with other gamers, or even your friends.
  • Never agree to meet a fellow gamer offline if you do not know them in person.
  • If something happens that makes you feel scared or uncomfortable, tell an adult you trust.
  • Remember, if an advertisement or another gamer offers something that sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • If you’re upset while gaming, take a break and cool off before continuing.
  • Respect other gamers online and don’t become a griefer yourself.
  • Gaming online involves real people. Think about what you say and do!

Information Travels- How fast does information travel once it gets online? These teens know. https://www.nsteens.org/Videos/InformationTravels

Mike-Tosis- Talk to a trusted adult about any information you receive or see online that makes you scared or uncomfortable.Secret Crush + Text Message = Big Trouble. Will Allie be able to stop the text message trail before it gets to Mike Chang? https://www.nsteens.org/Videos/Mike-Tosis

  • Once you put something on the Internet, it’s out of your control. Forever.
  • Talk with a trusted adult about what information is OK to send online or through text messages.
  • Be careful about what you share—it could end up anywhere!
  • If you get a text, IM, or e-mail that was meant to be private, think before you forward it. Would you want someone to share your secrets?
  • Mad at a friend or want to get back at an enemy? Don’t do it online. Kids have been suspended and even arrested for posting mean and threatening messages.
  • Remember, it doesn’t take very long for a text message or online content to travel. Something that you regret saying now could be all over your school in a matter of minutes.
  • Talk to a trusted adult about any information you receive or see online that makes you scared or uncomfortable. 

Test what you know!

To send or not to send?What type of Internet user are you?Can you keep it private?, and NSTeens Challenge


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(from savvycyberkids.org)

  • 92% of two-year-olds in the U.S. have an online record

  • 80% of kids cannot tell if they are talking to a child or an adult posing as a child

  • 54% of college-age students reported sexting as minors

  • 92% of teens are online daily—including 24% who are ‘almost constantly’ online