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    Staying Safe Online: A Young Person’s Contract

    Date: 10.17.07 | by Judge Tom.

    1.  I will ALWAYS tell a parent or another adult immediately if something is confusing or seems scary or threatening.

    2.  I will Never give out my full name, real address, telephone number, school name or location, schedule, password, or other identifying information when I’m online. I will check with an adult for any exceptions.

    3.  I will Never have a face-to-face meeting with someone I’ve met online. In rare cases, my parents may decide it’s OK, but if I do decide to meet a cyberpal, I will make sure we meet in a public place and that a parent or guardian is with me.

    4.  I will Never respond online to any messages that use bad words or words that are scary, threatening, or just feel weird. If I get that kind of message, I’ll print it out and tell an adult immediately. The adult can then contact the online service or appropriate agency. If I’m uncomfortable in a live chat room, I will use the “ignore” button.

    5.  I will Never go into a new online area that is going to cost additional money without first asking permission from my parent or teacher.

    6.  I will Never send a picture over the Internet or via regular mail to anyone without my parent’s permission.

    7.  I will Not give out a credit card number online without my parent present.

    Young Person ________________________________________Date________

    Parent/Guardian _____________________________________ Date________

    [with permission of The Children’s Partnership, www.childrenspartnership.org – page 19 of the Parents Guide to the Information Superhighway].

    We also recommend an app titled Professor Garfield’s Cyberbullying. It’s free on iTunes and for ages 4 and up. It includes tips on recognizing different forms of cyberbullying, strategies for dealing with bullies, and the importance of telling an adult.


    Photo from childrenspartnership.org

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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