Online Safety Tips
The Internet is a great communication and social networking tool but you must use caution in order to protect yourself when you are online. We have compiled some tips you should keep in mind when using the Internet.
Username – Choose something that does not reveal your identity or personal information about you. Once you have created the username, make sure to always use it. Also make sure you do not share your username or password with anyone else.
Personal Information – Never give out your real name, address, phone number, e-mail address, where you go to school or where you hang out to anyone you do not know.
Photos – When you choose a photo to add to your
profile (that everyone can see), it should be something that does not identify
you to others, especially strangers
. . Posting a photo of yourself or anything
with your jersey number, rink name or other identifying feature on it is not a
Web cam - Never use a web cam with someone you don't already know.
Postings – When you post something on the Internet, it is almost impossible to take it down or erase it. On top of that, most things you post or send can be forwarded to anyone and everyone. Think hard about whether you would want everyone you know to be able to see what you are about to post. Remember that this applies to photos, videos, blogs, discussion threads, emails and all online content.
Communication – You control who you communicate with online. If you don’t know someone or they seem weird do not communicate with them. If anyone sends you a picture or message that is weird, inappropriate or bullying then you should tell your parents or someone you trust. You should also report this kind of activity through our website’s Abuse Reporting mechanism. An example of behaviour to report would be if a person tells you to keep their communications to you a secret from your parents or adults.
Meeting People – Never meet someone you've met online alone, regardless of whether it is for a job, a group activity, or just to hang out. If you do decide to meet someone for the first time, take a parent or guardian with you and tell people where you are going.
Group Members – Inviting someone or being invited to join a group can be a good way to meet new people but it is important to make sure the person is who they say they are or you could be putting yourself or other people in your group at risk.
Report Abuse – When people are not acting appropriately, many websites have a way these abuses can be reported and you should do so that you help create and maintain a safe environment for others.
Some other good sites that provide helpful information are: