RULE 1: GIVE THEM NOTHING
If the creep doesn’t know who you are or how to find you, the worst they can do is creep you out with words or pictures. That can be disgusting, but it’s way better than meeting them face-to-face. So follow these rules:
CREEPS GET NOTHING FROM ME!
NO PHONE NUMBERS.
NO CLUBS OR TEAMS.
NO USER NAMES.
NEVER EVER give a stranger on the Internet any information that could help them find you in person. Nothing. Zero.
Even if the creep says he wants to send you a present. Don’t’ accept anything from them. Not cell phone cards. Not gifts. Not money. The weirdo’s lying anyway. To trick you into telling them your address.
Even if you really believe that stranger is just a normal kid – keep your information private. If it’s out on the Internet, you don’t know where it will end up. And tell your friends to keep your information private, too.
The creep may ask you to go on a web camera so that he can see what you look like, never do this.
If you just follow this one rule, you’ll drive away almost every creep out there.
You’re so smart.
RULE 2: USE YOUR CREEP-O-METER!
You have a powerful weapon – your instincts. That creep-o-meter in your guts. If it feels weird, it probably is.
If some strange kid starts asking you none-of-your-business questions, or obsessing about sex, or telling you how hot you are, get out of that chat NOW! Then shake your head and remind yourself that you’re normal. Maybe it wasn’t a creep, but why take chances?
If you come across anything on the Internet that is DEFINITELY weird – like someone sending you pictures of sex or talking about hurting people – quit right away and alert your mom or dad, or tell someone you trust.
Don’t worry about getting into trouble. That’s what the creep wants you to feel. Remember, you’re smarter than that. Stronger, too.
The creep is the one who should be worried.
RULE 3: NO SECRET MEETINGS
If you do strike up an online friendship with a kid, and you want to meet, that can be OK. And it’s simple to do it safely. Just follow this simple rule:
TELL YOUR PARENTS, GUARDIAN OR TEACHER, AND ASK THEM TO BE AT THE MEETING.
If it’s a creep in disguise, they won’t show up.
You win. Bye bye, creep.