What should I do if someone asks for my name when I am online?

The Internet is an amazing place where you can find information on all kinds of things. You can chat with friends, e-mail long-distance pen pals, and read what other people are saying about things you are interested in. But just as you should not talk to strangers when you are in the outside world, you should also use caution when chatting in the cyber world. Unfortunately, there are people surfing the Web who present a threat to kids. They may be adults posing as another kid or somehow lying to you about who they are and what they want. To be safe, never give anyone you don’t know personal information about yourself online—including your name, address, phone number, or e-mail password. And never agree to meet a person you’ve chatted with online, even if that person seems friendly or harmless. Let your parents know if a stranger is sending you e-mail or instant messages.


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