Dos and Don'ts
(As recited by the actors at the conclusion of Cyber-Mare)
In chat rooms, or instant messages, don’t give out personal information.
Don’t respond to an abusive or obscene post-ignore it, block it or log off. You could end up writing something you’ll regret.
If you receive an obscene or abusive email, don’t reply. They want some kind of reaction. Don’t give them the satisfaction of replying, and they’ll probably stop.
Don’t reply to spam email. This will just confirm your email address as a real one.
Don’t open or read messages if you know they’re from cyberbullies. Save them in a file. If you find out later that you need to take action the police will want copies.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and sites like YouTube, have rules about posting harassing or threatening material. Know the policies of the sites you use.
Don’t reply to text messaging or video messaging that’s inappropriate. Your service provider has a number you can call to report abusive messaging.
If you are threatened, inform an adult and your school principal. They can contact local law enforcement.
Today’s technology is an amazing and powerful tool that helps us accomplish great things.
But, you have to be careful, and you have to think.
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