Sometimes you get emails from people you don’t know.

In the Cyber Café, Sunil receives an email from someone he doesn’t know and he does the right thing by deleting the email and not replying to the person who sent it. These emails are usually junk emails and this is called ‘Spam’. Some people also send viruses and nasty pictures by using email.

  • It’s important to remember that if you receive an email from someone you don’t know, never open it. Tell an adult you trust if you’re not sure what to do.

Some people also send fake emails to trick you into replying. They get email addresses by using special software or from other websites on the internet. If you reply to one of these emails, the people sending them will know that your email address is real, and they could start sending you junk or nasty emails.

  • Make sure you always delete emails from people you don’t know.

Emails can also get lost on the internet after they have been sent, so make sure you don’t include lots of information about yourself that may allow people to know where you are.

  • Never give out personal information, like your full name, address or school to people you talk to using email, if you don’t know them in the real world. If anyone you talk to online asks for this information, tell a trusted adult.
  • Some people use emails to send pictures of themselves to friends and family, but it’s not a good idea to send a picture to someone you have met online who you don’t know in the real world. They may not be who they say they are, and you don’t want a stranger to have a picture of you or your friends/ family.

Finally, the most important thing to remember when you are using emails is...

  • treat people how you would like to be treated yourself. Take responsibility for what you write when using email and never write something that might hurt or upset someone.