tidbITs: Staysafe.org, onlinesense.org, reviews by Commonsense Media


StaySafe.org and onlinesense.org

StaySafe.org, sponsored by the National Home Security Alliance, offers an Online Teen Safety Guide to help teachers and parents alert teens about online safety. For example, predators will:

  • Want to have private conversations with their targets.
  • Insist that their online relationships be kept a secret.
  • Ask their targets to provide personal information, like their addresses, their full names, or phone numbers.
  • Tend to do some stalking online to uncover information about their targets—and then make a show of how much they know.
  • Ask their targets a barrage of questions in order to get their targets to release more personal information.
  • Try to convince their targets that everything they’re doing, and all the information they’re revealing, is perfectly normal.

For more information, see staysafe.org/teens and/or onlinesense.org.

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