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Avoiding Online Predators

An online predator is an adult who exploits vulnerable children or teens via the internet, usually for sexual or abusive abusive purposes.

How Do You Prevent It?

  • Never post or share your personal information online (this includes your full name, address, telephone number, school name, parents’ names, credit card number, or Social Security number) or your friends’ personal information.
  • Don't post specific information about where you can be found in status updates that can be seen by others
  • Never meet anyone face-to-face whom you only know online.
  • Talk to your parents about what you do online.

Recognize the signs

  • Spends a lot of time online
  • Find porn on the computer
  • Receive phone calls, mail, gifts from people you do not know
  • Withdraws from normal activity
  • Switches screen quickly (Alt+Tab)
  • Uses other accounts for e-mail or Instant Messaging