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Online Friends & People

Be careful when you add online friends. Not all people are what they seem to be. Bad people always sound nice, help you, and buy you online gifts. Avoid adding online people that you don't know in real life because it can lead to cyberstalking, grooming, identity theft, online bullying, and potential physical harm.

Avoid connecting with people you don’t know in real life.

Connecting with people you don't know in real life can increase the risk of cyberstalking, grooming, and identity theft. Be careful when you add online friends.

Are they your friend?

A friend of a friend is not always trustworthy and may pose risks to your security. Don’t fully trust a friend of a friend and be careful.

Are they who they say they are?

Not all people online might be what they are pretending to be. Bad people always use nice words, help you and give gifts and at the end they become bad people. There are nice people online but there are bad people as well. Some may use fake ages to approach teenagers and children for bad purposes. Be careful to whom you talk to.

Don't be too trusting.

If someone asks you for any personal information like a phone number, address, photo or video then report them and tell an adult. Reporting and telling an adult about someone asking for personal information online helps protect against potential risks and threats.

Don't meet people you don't know.

Don’t meet with people that you don't know in real life. If someone keeps asking you to meet, send pictures or videos then this is a bad person. Don't answer, report this person, and tell an adult.