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Richland Police Give Advice for Teens Internet Safety

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Richland Police are teaching teenagers and their parents how to be safe when using the internet. 

Police held an hour long program Friday morning at the Richland Public Library where they discussed, cyber bullying, chatroom predators, risky text messaging, and computer protection software. 

If you didn't make it, here's a list of tips that police say can help keep you safe.

1. Never post (share) your personal information on the internet. Never post your friends personal information. Personal information includes your name, address, phone numbers, credit card information/number, parent's names, and social security numbers. This applies even when a website or person is requesting it

2. Never share your internet password with anyone other than your parents

3. Never meet anyone in person that you only know online

4. Talk to your parents about your internet activity

5. Keep your profiles on social sites limited to people you know in person. Use the security settings available to limit other peoples access to your profile

6. Keep your username gender neutral and make sure it does not reveal personal information about you or where you live

7. Don't post photos of yourself or friends online

8. Remember when you post something on the internet or send a message over the internet, you can't take it back. Most internet providers keep records of messages sent over the web

9. If you encounter something or someone online that makes your uncomfortable or scares you, tell your parents or another trusted adult. 

When it comes to Cyber Bullying, officers say there are many ways you can prevent it. Cyber bullying is spreading lies or rumors about victims, tricking people into revealing personal information, sending or forwarding mean messages, posting pictures of others without their permission, tricking people into thinking they are someone else.

1. Refuse to forward cyber bullying messages

2. Tell your friends to stop cyber bullying

3. Don't communicate with cyber bullies

4. Report cyber bullies to a trusted adult

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