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The internet has become a vast global network connecting millions of people. Via the internet, you can find information about almost anything, and do things like shopping, banking, playing games, sharing photos, watching movies, and listening to music.

The net can be a lot a lot of fun, and it's no surprise that young people are attracted to it as a way of keeping in touch. But the internet is also attractive to unsavoury people, as it allows them to easily publish offensive or extreme material, or to link up with unsuspecting people that they can prey upon or rip off.

All young people using the internet need to be aware of the dangers, scams and rip-offs that are out there, and how to avoid them.

Resources

  • Stay Smart Online is a government site with lots of tips on securing your computer, smart transactions online (like banking and shopping), and staying safe: 
    http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/teens
  • Australian Council on children and the media
    Helpline 1800 700 357
    www.youngmedia.org.au/
  • Cybernetrix. In the game you get to build a character and then interact with objects and learn about using the net safely: 
    http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/cybernetrix/index.html
  • The Law Society of South Australia has developed an app for young people, that explains South Australian laws relating to age of consent and sexting. The app is called “The Naked Truth” and contains explanations of laws relating to unlawful sexual intercourse, child pornography, and indecent filming, and also features quizzes, case studies, and a guide to what can be done if unwanted images go viral, as well as a number of other interactive features. The app can be installed on both Apple and Android devices.
    http://www.lawsocietysa.asn.au/LSSA/newsfeeds/New_App_-_The_Naked_Truth.aspx 

Getting help

If you are experiencing any sort of online harassment, it's a good idea to talk it out with someone, like a friend or family member. A counsellor can also support you to talk about how you are feeling.

You could notify your ISP (internet service provider) to see if they can help.

If things are really getting you worried, then you should contact the police. For example, if physical contact occurs or is attempted, call the police.

Have a look at the topic 'Cyberbullying'.

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Youth Healthline on 1300 13 17 19 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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