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How to Browse the Internet Safely

Are you able to live without the Internet? If you cannot, you are not alone. The Internet has become a major part of our lives.

Through the Internet, we are able to keep in touch with friends, find old friends, look for homework support, and browse information about favorite colleges, read the latest news and much more.

The Internet can be a very dangerous place. You may experience cyber bullying or personal information theft.

So, how do you protect yourself?

The key is to look after yourself while online, especially when you are alone.

Here are some suggestions for you to browse the internet safely:

1. Never share your personal information for free.

You should keep all of your private information strictly private. Never share your personal information, such as full name, phone number, home address, passwords and names of your family members.

This suggestion should be applied to all types of Internet communication, be it blog, email, vlog, social networking sites and online phone calls.

If you want to share your personal information through the Internet, only share it with someone whom you know very well.

2. Never stop questioning.

Never trust all of the information that you read on the Internet. For example, someone might share information about gender or age in the chat room. This information could be deceiving.

3. Be cautious about personal questions.

Sometimes, when you chat with someone, the topics may shift to personal questions. You should be suspicious about an individual who asks personal questions.

He/she may ask about your complete name, home address, phone number, etc.

Leave the conversation as soon as possible or ignore those questions.

4. Ask your friends to accompanyif you meet someone online.

There are times when you make a decision to meet with someone whom you met on the Internet via chat or a social networking site. Ask a friend to go with you, and choose a public place as a meeting point.

Most importantly, tell your parents before your meeting. Maybe you will argue with this suggestion. However, this kind of precautionary action is better than regretting your decision later.

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