3 golden rules to follow on the Internet


Signing on to social media is easy, but some steps such as privacy settings and terms of use are more complicated.

Marie-Christine Daignault | Desjardins Group

94% of young people ages 13 to 17 spend time online every day. Whether it's to network, play games, shop, study or find things out, the world of cyberspace has, just like in real life, its own golden rules.

1. Protect your personal information

Specialists believe the risk of having your identity stolen on the Internet is higher than the risk of having your house broken into. 

How to keep scammers at bay

Protect your personal information: 

passwords

user codes

date of birth 

address 

parents' name 

phone numbers 

social insurance number

etc.

Signing on to social media is easy, but some steps such as privacy settings and terms of use are more complicated.

Legalese isn't easy to understand and sometimes you have to ask an adult to sum it up for you. Don't forget it's a legal contract.

2. Protect your reputation

Once posted on your wall, information, photos and videos can be downloaded and shared by anyone.

You have to think before you act and realize that any information posted about you is there to stay.

Rumours, gossip, insults, threats

Cyber-bullying is unacceptable and must be reported right away. A teen who is victimized could be embarrassed or nervous to tell their parents about it.

It's important to know where else you can report it:

an adult at school (nurse, teacher, etc.)

a family member (older brother or sister)

organizations like KidsHelpPhone, Tel-jeunes and Cybertip

3. Be responsible and civil

Think twice before you speak. This also applies on social media. 

Before you post something, always ask yourself if you'd be ready to announce the same information live, on television.

The boundaries are usually obvious.

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