Chatting is a great way to stay in touch and keep up to date with friends. This is the place to learn about making SMART decisions when you're chatting online. Think about how you want to spend your time- seeing emails from your friends or wasting your time with unwanted messages.
Visit the NET NASTIES page to find out what you can do about chain, junk mail and SPAM Have you ever accepted a file from a friend on Messenger? Viruses can be spread very quickly from messenger – if you’re not sure what the message contains don’t download and ask your friend on the phone or face to face what it contains.
Only open emails from people you know and trust and remember to read the subject line carefully.
A chatroom is an open environment where people can get together to talk to each other. If you do use chatrooms try to make sure that there is a moderator – this means that there is someone keeping an eye on what is being said and never forget the SMART rules These days you can chat with people in loads of different ways.
From your computer, your mobile, on webcam and from games consoles.
Feel free to chat but remember whatever technology you are chatting on …from your phone to your games console, the rules are the same.
Be suspicious and always ask an adult if you’re not sure.
Tell your friend what’s going on and run your anti virus software to be on the safe side.
Have you ever received one of those emails telling you that you have to forward it on to 10 of your friends or something bad will happen?
Chain mails can be a bit of a net nasty – if you read something that scares or worries you, find someone to talk to and remember an electronic piece of information like an email can never hurt you.
Get together with your mates and agree to delete time wasting chain mails and to never forward them on to anyone.
Sometimes people can pretend to be someone they’re not online.