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  • Keeping Your Personal Information to Yourself

  • Making Friends in Safe Places

  • Helping Strangers can be Dangerous

  • Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Fraud

    (role play and trigger questions for understanding follow):
    1. At home, position the computer in a high traffic area, and monitor use. Privacy is not a safe option .

    2. When communicating with other people, choose a gender neutral name, such as Kelly, Robin, Tracy or Terry, or any name which does not identify user as a man or woman

    3. NEVER, NEVER, REVEAL your real name, address, telephone number, or any personal information!
    4. We all feel safe and anonymous when we are online, but we are not!

  • Anything we type or post is for public viewing, and anyone can see it, including people who want to be ice to us, and people who mean to harm us.

  • No one should ever feel that their information is safe or private on the internet. Think of your information as being published in headlines on the front page of the newspapers and also blasted on television every two minutes.

  • In addition to the "everyday" person who uses the internet, there are also criminals and sex offenders looking for easy targets.

  • Imagine the creepiest scariest person you have ever met—that person could be on the internet, pretending to be someone else.
    5. RED FLAG! STOP!


  • Is sending offensive material
  • Asking for personal information—your real name, address, phone number
  • Arranging to meet you somewhere in person
  • Using sexually explicit or degrading language

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    Portland Police Bureau, Portland Oregon
    Discussion Questions
    Discussion Points
    Do you know who you're talking to online? You never know who you are talking to online. The online person could be anybody – he or she might be someone nice, but could also be someone mean or someone who wants to hurt you.
    Some people lie and make up fake things about themselves when they are online—what kinds of lies might someone tell online? People can use fake names, lie about their age or things they are interested in. Never trust anyone online.
    Should you give out personal information to someone online? STOP! No. I don't give out personal information to strangers. That includes my name, where I live, age, phone number, bank information, social security number, etc.
    When you are talking to people online, they can lie, even when they seem like they are telling the truth. Does that make them friends or strangers? Yes. Treat everyone online as if he or she is a stranger, no matter how friendly that person may seem, even if that person says he or she wants to be your friend.
    But what if you are talking to someone online, and he or she gives you their own personal information? Then that person asks you to give your personal information? STOP! I still wouldn't give that person any personal information. He or she could be lying about their information. It’s fine to chat with someone online, but I’m always suspicious if someone wants my personal information. I don’t want strangers to know that much about me. It is not safe.
    What would you do if someone wanted to meet you? Is this safe or dangerous? STOP! I would say no—do not meet this person. You don't know anything about this person. It is very dangerous to go anywhere to meet strangers. If someone online wants to meet you, talk to the person who helps you solve problems. It's important for you to tell someone about this. Your safe person, who is your problem solving person, can help you make decisions about whether you should meet the person or not.
    What might happen if you go somewhere with someone you met online? STOP! There are all kinds of events about bad people who use the internet to meet innocent good people. The bad people meet the good people in order to hurt the good people. Bad people could hurt you, kidnap you, rape you, and even kill you. Even though you've talked with someone online, that person is truly still a stranger. You have no idea if they have been telling you the truth or using the internet to find someone to hurt.
    Let’s say you are enjoying talking with someone on line, and then they started talking to you in a mean way. What would you do if someone started using bad language, swearing, or talking about sex when you were talking online? STOP! I would leave the chat room, close the IM, or end my session online. There is no need to respond to a person using offensive language. Make sure to tell someone who helps you solve problems.
    Should you be respectful to people when you're talking online? Just as people should be respectful to you, you should also use respectful language to others online. Did you know that you can get in trouble for saying mean things online? If someone thinks you are being mean and hurtful, they can turn you in and you can lose the right to use the site you were using when you started acting disrespectfully.
    What about blogging or posting your stories, information, or opinions to websites? Is this safe or dangerous? Why? What about blogging or posting your stories, information, or opinions to websites? Is this safe or dangerous? Why?
    STOP! It is a bad idea to post photos online. You don't know who is looking at it and what people are doing with it. Photos can be changed by other people to make you look very bad.
    Is it a good idea to put (post) your photo online? STOP! If you do post photos, make sure there is no personal information in the photo. People can see personal information we do not think about. If you are standing in front of your house, make sure you can't see an address or a car's license plate number. People can enlarge photos and can see a lot more than you think, so be careful.

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    ......Safety Zone Manual
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    Adapted by Lucaswrites Educational Multi Media Inc for
    Personal Safety Strategies for People with Developmental Disabilities
    ©2001 Lucaswrites

    “Safe and Strong”
    Safety on the Internet

    Available in Safety Zone: Cops Talk,
    Portland Police Bureau, Portland, Oregon.
    Revised June 2007

    Adapted by Lucaswrites Educational Multi Media Inc for SAFE AND STRONG:
    Personal Safety Strategies for People with Developmental Disabilities
    ©2001 Lucaswrites

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