Online Safety...Who Cares?!

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Have you ever been totally creeped out by someone online? Did you know what to do or how to avoid weirdos on the net? Recently, a group of student nurses in Louisiana have come together to help out teens when it comes to online safety. The group has created an online program to inform children and teens on the dangers and consequences of talking to strangers online.

We know, we know, you've heard about strangers online from like everyone already. But before you think this is just another typical boring online safety article, you might want to check out these statistics...
The nurses conducted a pre-survey and found out that about 20 percent of eighth-graders said they personally met someone they met online. Scary!

In order to make teens realize how dangerous online predators can be, the group gave a presentation about a girl who had run away with a man who had used the Internet to get her away from her family and was later caught and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

That would be all you had to tell me to open my eyes!

In all, the student nurses advise every teen Internet user to:

1. Keep personal information private.

2. Avoid risky conversations.

3. Don't let anyone turn you against your family.

4. Never meet in person with anyone you met online.

5. Avoid spending too much time online.

What do you and your friends do to stay safe online? Have you thought about meeting someone in person that you've met online? Let us know!


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