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Surf Safe - Youth can protect themselves!

The internet is a great tool for learning and for keeping in touch with friends. Surfing the web can be fun and educational, but there are also hidden dangers. Here are some tips for safe surfing:

  • Never give out personal information online, like your home address, telephone number, school you go to, or the sports teams and activities that you participate in.
  • Remember that once you write, upload or add information to the Internet it is there forever, so think before you click!
  • Don't post images or video of others that you wouldn't want posted of you.
  • Never send photos of yourself to people you don't know.
  • Don't chat with strangers online and be aware that people may not always be who they say they are online.
  • Never agree to meet with someone you met online.
  • Tell your parents about anything strange or unusual that happens while you are using the computer.
  • Any image or video of a sexual nature of anyone under the age of 18 is considered child pornography under the Criminal Code of Canada. This includes photos of people you may know.
  • Be careful of files that you download online. Video and music files from sites and software such as Limewire, Frostwire, Bearshare, Torrents and Gigatribe can actually be child sexual abuse images or other illegal content in disguise. Only download from known and reputable sources.

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