As a teen, how can I stay safe online?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Keep these tips in mind to stay safe online:

• Don’t give out your personal information on Facebook or anywhere else in cyberspace. You do not need to share what school you go to, where you live, or any personal info.

• Don’t upload photos that you would not want your grandma, college guidance counselor, school principal, or future employer to see. The Internet is a tattoo that cannot be removed.

• Don’t email when angry. Really!

• Don’t friend someone you don’t know personally. Do you really want a stalker on your site?

• Don’t involve yourself in sending porn, which is prosecutable. That means no sending a breast or bottom shot to a significant other, a best friend, anyone-- ever!

• Report harassing behavior. If it doesn’t feel right, tell your parent, school guidance counselor, or another caring adult.

• Seek help if you are feeling bullied or harassed online.

• Be conscious of what brand of You appears on your Facebook or other social media site.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.