Information for Preteens:
About Computer Safety
The Internet is not only a useful tool, it also opens a door to cool places, new ideas, and tons of information. Below are some tips for using the Internet safely.
Computer Smarts – Being a Safe Surfer
- Before you start exploring the Web, read and discuss the Online Safety Pledge with an adult partner (parent, teacher, or guardian). Print it out and sign it together.
- With an adult, start exploring the Web.
- When you go to a Web site, ask yourself these questions:
What kind of site is it? The end of the Web address tells you something about the person or group that created the site.
- ".Com" (Commercial) or ".Net" (Network) are usually commercial Web sites – they may have helpful information but primarily they are trying to sell you something.
- ".Org" (Organization) are nonprofit Web sites. Nonprofit sites don't usually try to sell you anything but have been created to pass on some sort of information about a particular topic. For example, this Web site's purpose is to pass on health information to people your age.
- ".Gov" (Government) are sites created by local, state, and federal governments.
Does it give you useful information that has been reviewed or updated recently? Information, especially about a health care issue, that is more than a couple of years old might be outdated. Look for a date.
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Reviewed by: Adolescent Interest Group
Last reviewed: August 2013