Tips

If someone says or does something mean to you online, don’t try to argue with them or get back at them: just stop talking to them. Then block them from contacting you anymore (you may need to talk to a website moderator to do this). Save evidence of what they did and talk to your parents or another adult that you trust. They’ll help you figure out if you need to do anything else.

Don’t share stuff that makes other people look bad, but you shouldn’t hold onto it either. Somebody else might get at your phone or your computer and make a copy. Better to delete it right away!

When you send someone a picture or post a picture online they can do anything they want to it, and so can anybody else who sees the picture. That’s why it’s important to think about how you’d feel if any of those things happened before you send or post a picture.

Never share personal information about yourself, like where you live, with someone you don’t know online.

Think carefully about how you want people to see you before you pick a name and a profile picture or avatar. Think twice about names and pictures that are misleading, rude or just silly — they could come back to haunt you.

Don’t post or say anything online that you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see. Remember, what you say and do online matters — anything you say or post might end up getting spread around or seen by people you didn’t think would see it.

Treat your password like your toothbrush don’t share it with anyone and change it often.