July 30th, 2014

Internet Tips forTeens :


  1. Makesure your social networking page is set to private.
  2. Passwordprotect all of your pictures/blogs/images online to ensure only those you knowand trust have access
  3. Donot put your personal information on the web including your social networkingsite.
  4. Thisis going to include your full name, date of birth, what city you live in , whatschool you attend, where you play sports/activities and what thoseactivities/sports are, names of your friends, your personal email address &phone number.
  5. Ensureyour privacy settings are up to date (Facebook just updated theirs about twoweeks ago).
  6. Donot “friend” people that you do not actually know. “Knowing” them in cyberspacedoes not count.
  7. Think about what you post.Sharing provocative photos or intimate details online, even in private emails,can cause you problems later on. Even people you consider friends can use thisinfo against you, especially if they become ex-friends. (courtesy of ConnectSafely.org)
  8. Read between the “lines.”It may be fun to check out new people for friendship or romance, but be awarethat, while some people are nice, others act nice because they’re trying to getsomething. Flattering or supportive messages may be more about manipulationthan friendship or romance.
  9. Don’t talk about sex with strangers. Be cautious when communicating with people you don’tknow in person, especially if the conversation starts to be about sex orphysical details. Don’t lead them on – you don’t want to be the target of apredator’s grooming. If they persist, call your local police or contactCyberTipline.com.
  10. Avoid in-person meetings.The only way someone can physically harm you is if you’re both in the samelocation, so – to be 100% safe – don’t meet them in person. If you really haveto get together with someone you “met” online, don’t go alone. Have the meetingin a public place, tell a parent or some other solid backup, and bring somefriends along.
  11. Be smart when using a cell phone. All the same tips apply with phones as with computers.Except phones are with you wherever you are, often away from home and yourusual support systems. Be careful who you give your number to and how you useGPS and other technologies that can pinpoint your physical location.
  12. Keep in mind that anything you post online whether that includeinformation or pictures NEVER really goes away. It will be online FOREVER!
  13. Nothingyou do online is truly anonymous.
  14. Beforeclicking SEND or post be sure to think about the recipient’s reaction andunderstand that nothing is truly private online. 
  15. Itis very easy to lie about who you are and your identity online – time does notequal trust and remember that you can be lied to online.





“Sexting” usually refers to teens sharing nudephotos via cellphone, but it’s happening on other devices and the Web too. Thepractice can have serious legal and psychological consequences, so – teens andadults – consider these tips!

It’s illegal: Don’t take or sendnude or sexually suggestive photos of yourself or anyone else. If you do, evenif they’re of you or you pass along someone else’s – you could be charged withproducing or distributing child pornography. If you keep them on your phone or computeryou could be charged with possession. If they go to someone in another state(and that happens really easily), it’s a federal felony.

Non-legal consequences: Thenthere’s the emotional (and reputation) damage that can come from havingintimate photos of yourself go to a friend who can become an ex-friend and sendit to everyone you know. Not only can they be sent around; they can bedistributed and archived online for people to search for pretty much forever.

Not just on phones. Sexting canbe done on any media-sharing device or technology – including email and theWeb. Teens have been convicted for child porn distribution for emailingsexually explicit photos to each other.

Many causes. In some cases, kidsare responding to peer pressure in a form of cyberbullying or pressure from aboyfriend or girlfriend (they break up, and sometimes those photos get sentaround out of revenge). Sometimes it’s impulsive behavior, flirting, or evenblackmail. It’s always a bad idea.

The bottom line: Stay alert whenusing digital media. People aren’t always who they seem to be, even in reallife, and sometimes they change and do mean things. Critical thinking aboutwhat we upload as well as download is the best protection.



Any Questions or Concerns Contact:

Stefanie Thomas

Victim Advocate – Seattle Police Department

Internet Crimes against Children Task Force


(206) 684-4732