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Rules of Netiquette

How many hours do you spend

on the internet per day?
Can you live without the Internet
for a week?
How many times have you
complained about your internet
connection speed?
As teenagers, you are all exposed to
many things powered by the
internet. Whether it is socializing,
playing games, reading sports news,
shopping, etcc.
The internet has given you one of the
most powerful tools that your
parents, during their teenage years,
did not have. Because of this, do you
not think that is also important to
wield this powerful tool properly?
Without proper training a
swordsman can easily injure himself
when wielding a sword; the same
could be said for you whenever you
use the internet.
The internet truly is a powerful tool.
It can be used to promote your
business, gain new friends and stay in
touch with the old ones. It is also a
source of entertainment through
games, online communities, and
everything in between.
But the most things in this world, there is
always the “other side of the coin”. The
internet is one of the most dangerous places,
especially if you do you do not know what you
are doing with it. But there is no need to
worry ; it is never that late. Hopefully, you are
able to consider how you go about your use of
The internet is defined as the
information superhighway. This
means that anyone has access to this
highway, can place information, and
can grab that information. Any
information, even things that you
have set privately, can be accessed
one way or another.
This is why social networking sites
like Facebook continue to improve
their security features. The threat of
cybercrime is very real. While you
may not experience the threat now,
whatever information we share today
could affect our future.
The internet is a public place and
it is up to you to protect yourself.
Here are some tips to help you stay
safe when using the internet.
1. Be mindful of what you share
online and what site you share it
2. Do not just accept terms and
conditions; read it.,
3. Check out the privacy policy page
of a website to learn how website
handles the information you share.
4.Know the security features of the
social networking site you use. By
keeping your profile private, search
engines will not be able to scan your
5. Do not share password with
6. Avoid logging in to public
netwoks/WI-FI. Browsing in
“incognito (or private) mode”, a
feature of the browser, will not
protect you from hackers.
7. Do not talk to strangers
whether online or face-to-face.
8. Never post anything about a future
vacation, It is similar to posting. “Rob
my house at this date,”
9. Add friends you know in real
10. Avoid visiting untrusted
11. Install and update an antivirus
software on your computer. Use only
one anti-virus software to avoid
12. If you a Wi-fi at home, make it
a private network by adding a
13. Avoid downloading anything from
untrusted websites. You are most
vulnerable in peer-to-peer
downloads(torrent) as the download
is most likely not monitored by the
site owner.
14. Buy the software do not use
pirated ones.
15. Do not reply or click links
from suspicious emails.
Most people would dispute that
there is no such thing as private over
the internet and they may be right.
There are hackers who can find a
backdoor even if your profile is
already set to private.
You have no control of whoever is
looking at your friend’s screen
whenever they open your profile or
chat with you. You have no control
over people getting access to your
friend’s account and seeing your
private stuff.