You probably connect with people online a lot and love it. Just remember to be smart about what you share. Even with privacy settings your info and photos can wind up being seen by lots of people, including your parents/guardians, your teachers, bosses, and strangers, some of whom could be dangerous. Even information that seems harmless, such as where you went to dinner last night, could be used by a stranger to find you.
Scam artists have been known to use personal information to pose as a friend, in hopes that you will give them more personal information, such as your credit card or cell phone numbers. Never give out ANY personal information online.
(Source: "Talking With Teens About Online Safety: How You Make A Difference," Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).)
No. You should not share your password with any of your friends, even your best friend. The only people who should know your Internet or email password are your parents/guardians and you! If you let someone else know what your password is, then they can read anything that you may want to keep private. Another person could use bad language or go to sites you shouldn't be visiting under your name.
Yes! Just like you wouldn't walk up to a stranger and give out your phone number or share your name, where you live, or where you go to school, you shouldn't share this kind of information online either. It is very important that you don't email or instant message (IM) anyone that you don't know or share any information that can identify you.
Don't post your photo on the Internet or send it to someone you don't know.
Don't post or send personal information, including: