Making friends We all know it s not healthy to spend hours and hours in front of a computer screen. But another problem with social networking is the pressure you can feel to make sure you have lots of friends. But here are some things to remember:
Friendships made online are made by clicking a button rather than talking to people and sharing experiences. Being online friends with someone is much less meaningful than face to face friendship. You can easily fall out with an online friend because of a misunderstood comment. It is far easier, and healthier, to sort out arguments and problems when you can talk to someone face to face So although you might know someone who likes to boast about how many friends they ve got on their social networking site, remember that real friendships aren t made by computers.
Make sure you re old enough to join. Maybe use a made up name or nickname on your profile. Never give out personal information. Do not make friends you don t already know personally. Maybe use an email address that does not include your name. Always use a strong password. That is, don t use any names or words that someone might guess, like the name of your dog or your favourite singer. Use random letters or numbers and change your password regularly. Use the strongest privacy setting when you set up your profile. This means that only your friends will be able to view your information. Pictures and videos can be shared very easily across the internet, so make sure you are very careful when uploading even if you only share it with friends, it can easily be spread much further than that.
Be very careful about sharing content online especially if it isn t yours to share. Illegal downloads are definitely best avoided. Never meet up with anyone you have met online. Make sure you know about the safety features on any networking site. Some, for example, have a panic button which you can press if you see something that shouldn t be there. If anything happens online that you don t like, tell someone. DonБt open emails or files from people you donБt know. Phishing scammers are people who use fake emails or messages to make you share personal information.
If you see an email from an unfamiliar address, or from an address you know but with a suspicious message, move it to your spam folder. The email could also include links that might look legitimate, but never click on them until you can verify that itБs a legitimate message. If you know the person whose email was being used, tell them that their account has been hacked and by filing a complaint with the FBIБs Internet Fraud Complaint Center at www. ic3. gov. Phishing scammers are often after your bank account or Social Security number, so be extra cautious if you get an email requesting money, login credentials, or very personal information.