Your Online Identity
Limit how much information you put online about yourself. Examples of information that you should never post:
- full name
- home address
- phone number
- login name, IM screen name, passwords
- school name and location
- sports teams and clubs you are involved with
- parents' work information (company, location or phone numbers)
- Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- where you work or hang out
- names of family members
- financial information (credit card numbers and bank account numbers)
Be aware that scammers and others with negative intentions can use this information to harm you or your reputation, or to help make it appear as if they have things in common with you (making them "seem" more trustworthy). If you need to share this information with a real-life friend, then give it to them in person.
Use privacy settings at the highest levels possible to limit who is able to see your personal information, and never provide more information than is absolutely necessary.
Putting Yourself "Out There"
Information that is on the Internet will remain on the Internet forever. What might seem like something innocent or harmless may come back to harm you in the end. As a general rule, if you wouldn't say or do something when face-to-face with the other person, you probably shouldn't be doing it online!
Who can you trust?
Experts recommend that you only communicate online with people that you know in real life. Remember that anyone can say anything!
If, at any point, you becoming uncomfortable with any online communication, exit immediately and tell an adult that you trust. They can help you to decide what the next step will be.