There has been a significant rise in cases of people being lured into harmful situations due to contact made over the Internet. Remember all the exits from the superhighway are not safe! Here are some statistics from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to keep in mind:
- 95% of teens ages 12 to 17 go online.
- Of children five years old and younger who use the Internet, 80% use it at least once a week.
- One in 25 children ages 10 to 17 received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact.
- Never give out your account information or your password (even to your best friend).
- Never give out personal information (not even the smallest amount such as, your name, phone number, address, school, etc.), because a little information can give a criminal a big advantage.
- Don't enter chat rooms, especially private chat rooms. Parents - don't allow your children to enter chat rooms.
- Never agree to meet someone in person. Never meet someone without telling someone else where you are going and whom you are going to meet. If you are determined to meet with someone, take others with you and be sure to meet in a very public place.
- Never send a picture of yourself to anyone on the Internet. "Morphing" (unwanted alterations) can be done to your picture.
- Know that a lot of false information exists on the Internet, everything you see on the Internet is not true.