Inappropriate Content

Children and young people using the internet can be exposed to material that is inappropriate for them. This could be material that is sexually explicit or offensive, violent or encourages activities that are dangerous or illegal. Some websites promote extreme political, violent, racist or sexist views. This material can be accessed through website browsing, through newsgroups, shared in peer-to-peer networks or sent by email or instant messaging services. Inappropriate content may be potentially harmful or disturbing for children and young people.

Children and young people can access inappropriate material inadvertently, for example by misspelling a word in a search engine, or they may intentionally seek out this content. Material that is considered inappropriate can vary depending on family and cultural standards and values. The age of children and young people is also an important factor, as is the manner in which individual children process, filter and apply information and cope with associated emotions.

E-Mail Safety

Change your password often. The quick act of changing your password can ensure your e-mail remains private. In addition, passwords that use both letters and numbers are harder to break.

Don't share your password. Most e-mail administrators will not ask for your password. Do not be duped by malicious e-mails asking you for your password. This is a well-known, although not-too-common trick designed to fool you into sharing your password. As a rule, never share it with anyone.

Never open attachments from unknown sources. They may contain what are known as "letterbombs" or "viruses," which can damage your PC.

Always remember to sign out when you are done. It's quick, easy and may save your account from unwanted trespassers. If you are using a public terminal, at an internet cafe for example, it is advised that you close the browser you were using when you are ready to end your Internet session.