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How much do you know about online safety?
It’s probably not something you think about when you’re playing games, chatting with your friends, or looking for new music. But online safety is one of the most important things to know before you log on to the Internet.
This site is all about learning how to make smart, safe decisions when you’re having fun online. Whether you’re searching for something, gaming with your friends, or meeting new people in chat rooms, we’ll give you the tools you need to keep yourself and your computer safe from harm.
If you’re between 12 and 14, you know how much fun it is using the Internet . Playing games, chatting with your friends, listening to music, and watching your favorite TV shows are probably things you do all the time on your computer at home or at school.
These things are all great, but they can also be very dangerous if you don’t know how to stay safe online. This section will teach you how to protect yourself from dangers like online bullies, adult websites, and computer viruses that could show up in your favorite online activities.
- Downloading a music or video file without paying for it is illegal. Songs and movies have something called copyright on them, which means they can’t be copied or shared without the proper payment.
- Sharing files found on file sharing websites is also illegal. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean that you can share it with your friends. This can get you into big trouble.
- Files located on file sharing sites are often low quality. Sometimes it’s better to pay for the real thing because you’ll be getting a better sound or picture.
- Keep your account password a secret. Even if you think you know someone who wants to share your account, don’t give them your password. They could hack your account and change the password, meaning you lose everything you’ve worked so hard for.
- Don’t share personal information with people in your games. Your name, your address, your phone number, and your school’s name should all be kept secret from the people you talk to.
- Don’t agree to meet anyone you met online. People are not always honest about themselves, and you could put yourself in real danger by agreeing to meet someone in real life.
- Never tell anyone personal information about you. Keep things like your name, address, and school a secret from strangers who might talk to you online.
- Never agree to meet someone you met while messaging online. Sometimes people aren’t who they say they are, and it’s dangerous to meet someone you don’t know.
- Keep your passwords private. People can use your account passwords to do bad things in your accounts. Even if it’s someone you know offline, keep your passwords safe and secret to prevent hacking.
- Treat people how you want to be treated. Just because you can’t see the person you’re talking to doesn’t mean that something you say can’t hurt them. Be kind to everyone so that everyone can have fun.
Online dangers are numerous and B4UClick is committed to making children, teenagers, parents, and educators aware of the risks everyone face every time we use a mobile device, sign up for a service online, or browse and chat on the Internet. Find below detailed information on some of the more pressing issues middle school aged children face every day.
Online Danger information regarding:
- Keep personal information private. No one needs to know your real name, your school’s name, or where you live. Keep this information secret from anyone you talk to online.
- Never send pictures of yourself to someone you’re chatting with. The people you meet online won’t always tell the truth about who they are, and you don’t want a stranger to have a picture of you. Once a photo is posted, you can never get it back.
Types of CyberbullyingCyberbullying can come in many forms. Here are a few you should know:
- Trolling – when someone says things just to make someone angry or get a certain reaction out of them
- Harassment – when someone continually tries to make someone angry through messages, posts, or texts
- Stalking – when someone follows you around on social media sites, gaming sites, or chat rooms and says rude or mean things to you
- Threats – when someone threatens to hurt you or do something you don’t want
- Racism – when someone says mean or rude things to you because of the color of your skin
- Xenophobia – when someone says mean or rude things to you because of where you or your family comes from
How to Stop CyberbullyingIt can be hard to prove who is doing the bullying online because some sites let you sign up anonymously or use a fake name and profile. But there are things you can do to make a bully stop harassing or contacting you. First, make sure you save all of the messages sent to you as evidence. It can be hard to keep those messages because they are hurtful, but they are important to prove what happened. Next, make sure to block the bully wherever they contact you. Blocking them from your phone, your friends list, or anywhere else you have contact with them will mean that they can’t ever talk to you on that site again. Finally, tell someone about what happened. If you’re being bullied online or elsewhere, there are people who can help you make it stop. First talk to your parents or your teacher about what’s happening. If you want to talk to an adult without anyone finding out, you can use our talk portals to report bullying.
What to Do If Someone is Bullying Your FriendIf someone you know is being bullied online, you have the power to make it stop. Stand up to cyberbullying by helping your friend block the bully or bullies from social media sites and their phone. Encourage your friend to talk to their parents or a teacher you trust about the situation. You can also show them our talk portals, where they can safely talk to an adult about what’s happening. If your friend is scared or worried about talking to someone about cyberbullying, you can talk to someone for them. Talk to your parents, your teacher, or even your friend’s teacher about what’s happening. You won’t get in trouble, and you could be saving your friend from a very dangerous situation. Friends don’t let friends get hurt by cyberbullies. Do the right thing and take a stand today!
Giving Out Your NumberYou should only be giving out your phone number to people you know, like your friends and family. Anyone who has your number will be able to call and text you, so make sure you’re keeping it off of your social media profiles so that people you don’t know can’t contact you.
Taking & Sending PhotosYour iPhone camera is really awesome, isn’t it? But you should always be careful about the pictures you’re sharing online and with friends. Before you press send or upload that new picture to Instagram, think: could this picture get me into trouble? Once you publish it online or text it to a friend, there’s no way of getting it back, so be very careful!
GPS Tracking & Checking InOne of the cool things about smart phones like your iPhone or Galaxy is that it can let you do cool things with the GPS tracking in it. You can get search results based on your location and you can even “check in” to sites like Facebook to show your friends all the cool places you’re visiting. But if you have people that you don’t really know or trust on your friends list, this can give them more information about you than you want them to have. Checking in is especially dangerous if someone wants to find out where you are or find out if you’re not home so they can break into your house. Always be careful when using anything GPS related on your phone.
What to Do If You’re Sent a Sext MessageSometimes people send sext messages without permission. If you ever receive a picture of a naked person or a person’s private parts on your phone, do not send it to anyone else or post it online. Remember that if you’re unwillingly receiving inappropriate messages you have done nothing wrong, and won’t get in trouble. Show the picture to your parents or another adult you trust and tell them who sent the image. You can also use our talk portals to talk to someone without getting in trouble. Our site is a safe place for kids just like you to discuss things like this with people who care.
Sexual Abuse OnlineSexual abuse doesn’t always happen in the real world. Sometimes it can happen online. If someone asks you for pictures of yourself without clothing or asks you to do sexual things on a webcam, it is still sexual abuse. Online abuse is especially dangerous because once a picture or video is put online, it can be very difficult to take it down. If someone ever asks you to do something you don’t want to do, even if it’s your boyfriend or girlfriend, you have the right to say no. If they continue to pressure you, block them from your friends list or on the site where you’re chatting with them. It can be difficult to do this if the person is someone you know and care about, but remember, no one has the right to make you do something you don’t want to do. Just say no.
What to Do About Sexual AbuseIf you think you are being sexually abused, you are not alone. This website is a safe place where you can talk about what’s happening to you without being judged or getting in trouble. Use our talk portal to talk to a person who cares about you and can help you stop the abuse.
Internet media is extremely popular and there are so many videos, games, and other forms of media to consume. You can often meet new friends and have fun with Internet media. But the amount of different types of online media also means there are plenty of ways to find unsafe ways to participate and communicate.
Play Our Internet Safe Games
Before you sign up for or watch any online media, first ask your parents if it’s okay. You can show them the site and tell them a bit about why you want to join or play or watch. Have your parents check out the rating system and let you know if the game is safe to participate.
Keeping Yourself Safe with Games
Remember that like any other site online, not everyone you meet on a gaming website is going to be truthful about who they are. You should always be careful about who you are talking to and what you are telling them. Never give out personal information about yourself, especially your real name, your address, or your school’s name. You should also never share photos of yourself with people you meet online.
Sometimes people can take online games very seriously. They are very competitive and want to be the best or win the most and are willing to do anything to do that.
It’s easy to get carried away with games because they let us see other worlds and be other people. But it’s important to remember that games are not real life. People will not die if you do not win a game or finish a quest.
Your health should always come before any online game. Make sure you are taking frequent breaks to rest your eyes and stretch your body. It can be easy to forget to eat and drink water while you’re in the middle of a really good game, but it’s important to do these things too.
Always report problems or inappropriate contact to a trusted grown-up or report Internet abuse online at B4UClick.
Being safe and having fun online is all about staying in control of your accounts, how people can find you, and the things you publish online. Remember, before you post, share, or say anything to anyone online, stop and think:
- Could this get me into trouble?
- Could this hurt someone’s feelings?
- Is this revealing personal information about myself?
- Do I really know the person I’m talking to?
- Talk to an adult you trust. If you feel comfortable, you can talk to your parents, a teacher, or another adult you trust about what’s happening.
- Talk to someone without getting in trouble. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your parents or another relative, you can talk to a teacher or trusted adult.
- Report it. If you are worried about something someone has said or asked you to do online, you can use our talk portal to talk about the situation with someone who can help.
- Save any texts or take a screenshot of your chat to save as evidence.
- Show your parent, teacher, or guardian.
- If it happened over a chat room or on a social site, report the person.
- Use the B4U Click Reporting Button to report the person to police.
- Never tell anyone your password. If you give your password to someone else, they can hack your account, steal your items, or otherwise mess up all your hard work.
- Make your password difficult. Hackers are getting better and better are guessing people’s passwords. The more difficult you make yours, the less easy it will be for hackers to guess.
- Never download a file, a video, or music from a site you don’t trust.
- Never download a file, a video, or music emailed to you from someone you don’t know.
- If a file begins downloading because of a link you clicked, stop the download immediately.
- Save any texts or take a screenshot of your chat to save as evidence.
- Show your parent, teacher, or guardian.
- If it happened over a chat room or on a social site, report the person.
- Use the B4UClick Reporting Button to report the person to police.
- Only add people you really know to your friends list. Once you add someone to your friend list, they will be able to chat with you unless you block them or remove them from your list.
- Block people who say mean or rude things to you. You don’t have to listen to someone being mean to you on social sites. Stop them in their tracks with the block button.
- Remember that you can’t get messages back after you send them. Just like real words, the things you say to people on instant messengers can hurt. Think before you say!
SnapchatAccording to Snapchat, to change your privacy settings; “By default, only ‘Friends’ you’ve added on Snapchat can contact you directly or view your Story. If you’d like to change your privacy settings, here’s how! 👯
- Tap in the top right-hand corner of the Profile screen.
- Scroll down to the ‘Who Can…’ section and tap an option.
- Choose an option, then tap the back button to save your choice.
- Who Can Contact Me: Choose who can contact you directly with Snaps, Chats, calls, etc.
- Who Can View My Story: Choose who can view your Story. Tap ‘Custom’ if you’d like to block specific friends from seeing your Story.
- Who Can See Me In Quick Add: Choose who can see you in Quick Add, a feature that appears around Snapchat which makes it easier to add friends.”
- Click in the upper-right corner of any Facebook page
- Select Privacy Settings from the dropdown menu
- Click on a setting (ex: Who can see your future posts?) to edit it, or use the left column to view your other settings
- Click at the top right of any Facebook page.
- Click How do I stop someone from bothering me?
- Enter the name or email address of the person you want to block and click Block.
- If you entered a name, select the specific person you want to block from the list that appears.
Twitter:From the Twitter Help Center:
- Go to your Security and privacy settings.
- Scroll down to the Tweet privacy section and check the box next to Protect my Tweets.
- Click the blue Save button at the bottom of the page. You will be prompted to enter your password to confirm the change.
Instagram:From the Instgram Help Center: By default, anyone can view your profile on Instagram. To make your posts private so only approved followers can see them:
- Go to your profile by tapping
- Tap Edit Your Profile next to your profile picture
- iPhone/iPad: Scroll down to Posts Are Private and toggle the switch to On
Just because you’re not technically an adult doesn’t mean that you don’t have rights. Even as a minor under the age of 18, you are protected by laws and rights that prevent people from taking advantage of you.
But this also means that you have responsibilities, too. Just because you’re not an adult doesn’t mean that you can do what you want and not get in trouble. Make sure you’re familiar with the following laws so that you can stay out of trouble and prevent other people from getting hurt.
Age of criminal responsibility: Even if you are not adult, you can still be held responsible for a crime you commit. Depending on the crime committed and the court where you are tried, you could be considered an adult and therefore go to an adult correctional facility as punishment. As a minor the age of prosecution begins at 10 years old.
Age of consent: Age of consent laws are reserved for the individual states, meaning that each state will have a different law. In general, though, anyone under the age of 16, 17, or 18 is considered a minor and is not able to reasonably consent to sex or sexual acts.
Even if you are above the age of consent in your state, remember that you don’t have to have sex if you don’t think you are ready. Sex is a big commitment and should be reserved for loving and trusting relationships.
No matter your age, if someone is pressuring you into having sex with them or doing sexual acts, it is called sexual abuse and is a crime. Talk to an adult you trust or call one of the safe agencies on our Who to Contact page about what’s happening.
Discrimination laws: If someone ever says mean or rude things to you because of the color of your skin, the way you look, the language you speak, or where you come from, they are breaking laws about anti-discrimination.
If someone continually makes fun of you over social media sites, texting, or online chatting, it is called cyberbullying. There are things you can do to stand up to cyberbullies—check out our page on it.
Cyberbullying: Anyone who says mean or rude things to you online that make you feel scared, threatened, or uncomfortable is being a cyberbully. Each state has its own laws about how to handle cyberbullying, but you should report any time someone makes you feel uncomfortable online, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is.
Sexting laws: Sexting may seem exciting and may make you feel like an adult, but if you’re not aware of the laws, you could get yourself or the person you’re sending pictures into a lot of trouble.
Sexting is considered a form of pornography, and there are many laws in place to protect teens from seeing or being used in pornography.
If you are under the age of 18 and send a naked selfie or picture of yourself with exposed genitals, the person who receives that photo on their phone or computer is technically breaking the law, even if that person is your boyfriend or girlfriend. However, if you are 18 and send a sext message or sexual photo to someone who is not 18, you are breaking the law, even if you’re just sending it to a friend or your boyfriend/girlfriend.
If someone ever pressures you into taking sexual or naked photos of yourself, it’s called sexual abuse. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want, even if the person asking is your boyfriend, girlfriend, or a member of your family. Talk to an adult you trust or use our Who to Contact page to find someone to talk to about how to stand up to and stop the situation.