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Chatting

There are lots of ways you can be careful when you talk to people on the internet. Here are some of the things you should do:

  • Always ask your mum, dad or whoever is looking after you if you can talk to people on the internet. They can help you do it safely.
  • When you use chat rooms or instant messengers you should use a nickname instead of your real name.
  • Never tell anyone who you don’t know in the real world your address, your name or which school you go to.
  • Ask your mum, dad or teacher to help you if you are just starting to chat to new people on the computer. They can make sure you fill out any forms properly and safely.
  • Some people on the internet may not be who they say they are. It’s not a good idea to meet anyone that you only know from talking to on the computer.