The internet is such a cool place to hang out. It’s educational, informative, fun and exciting. You can connect with your friends and make new friends very quickly, through FB, MSN or a chat site. LOL!! (smiley face)
But sometimes the friends you meet on line may not really be friends. You need to know that you can’t trust people you have not met or spend time with. What is said online may not be true and you just might be tricked into revealing personal information about yourself to someone who could take advantage of you or the information you have shared.
Wow! Actually seeing the person you are talking to? XD!
But do you know that your conversations and behavior can also be seen by others in the room. It can also be recorded without you knowing and posted on line by webcam hackers.
Sometimes, people send or post nasty messages about someone through the internet or mobile phones. They may think it’s a joke or that it’s funny. It isn’t. It is a form of bullying. Other forms of cyber bullying include stealing passwords, writing negatively about a person in a blog, creating websites insulting a person, circulating degrading photos of the victim, sending computer viruses, porn material or junk mail to the victim.
Victims of cyberbullying suffer from anxiety, depression, and severe stress. Cyber bullying is unacceptable. Don’t be a part of it.If you are a victim of cyberbullying tell a trusted adult to help you get it to stop.
Someone you don’t know calls you up. He wants to get to know you. How nice is that? So what’s the harm? It’s just a chat. Think again.
How do you know he can be trusted? He might trick you into giving personal information which may place you in danger. Be a smart phone user.
When people take and send sexually revealing picture of themselves or send sexually explicit messages via text message, it’s called “sexting”. Harmless fun? A private activity? Think again. Sexting has consequences.
When images or messages meant for private viewing are passed on to many others, the person involved is left feeling embarrassed and severely humiliated. Their self esteem and reputation can be damaged. People can also end up as victims of bullying or harassment when their pictures go online.
If you are harassed online…
☺ Tell your parents / an adult you trust
☺ E-mail Malaysia Communication & Multimedia Commission email@example.com (attach police report)
☺ E-mail Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team firstname.lastname@example.org (attach police report) / or call 1-300-88-2999 (office hours)