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Instant Messaging and Chat Rooms

Instant Messaging (IM)

Do's

  • Communicate only with people on your Contact List.
  • Use a screen name that doesn't give away any sensitive information.
  • Control your children's access to IM.

Don't's

  • Do not provide sensitive information (credit card number, Social Security Number, passwords, address) about yourself in an IM conversation. Instant Messages are not encrypted, so they are easy targets for hackers.
  • Do not agree to meet an unfamiliar person you came into contact with on IM. You can never know who that person really is.
  • Do not download or accept files from people you don't know.
  • Do not send your screen name online. People might find it and use it to send you unsolicited Instant Messages.
  • Do not send private Instant Messages at work, your boss may be entitled to view them.

Chat Rooms

Do's

  • Check the terms, conditions and privacy statements of the chat site before you begin chatting.
  • Use a chat nickname that doesn't give away any sensitive information.

Don't's

  • Do not give out personal information in a chat room.
  • Do not agree to meet in person someone you've talked to in a Chat Room.

 
 

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