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How much do you know about online safety? Take this quiz to find out!
Your cousin sends you an email saying there’s a website giving away free movie tickets and you can claim them, too! You just have to download an attached form and reply with your full name and mailing address. You:
Correct answer: check the email address to make sure the message is really from your cousin
Be careful when opening unexpected emails. Spam or junk mail could contain viruses that can damage your computer. Even if you recognize the name of the sender, look at the "from" address. It could be a "phishing" message trying to trick you into downloading harmful software or revealing personal information.
Don't download suspicious file attachments or click on links. Flashy ads and strange messages could also contain spyware, which is used by people who want to steal your personal information and your parent’s credit card numbers. Talk to an adult you trust if you receive an online message that you are unsure about. They can help you figure out if it is safe, true or appropriate.
You’re playing an online game with some other players. You know one person from school but you’re not sure if you know the rest because you don’t recognize the usernames. Several players are in the group chat talking about their upcoming birthdays. You join in the conversation by:
Correct answer: reminding everyone to focus on the game
Before you share any personal information online, consider what someone could do with it. Personal information includes your address, age, gender, birthday, phone number and school name. Someone could use this information and pretend to be you online!
You’re working on a group project. When practising your presentation, one person in your group says something that doesn’t make sense to you. They say that the information is from an online article so it must be true. You ask where they found the article and:
Correct answer: check who wrote the article and when, as well as what organization runs the website
Sometimes, people share false information without knowing. Not everyone takes the time to check the facts. You can help by saying something. Always be polite and back up what you say with evidence. You should be aware of who created the website and what the purpose is. The information may be biased or a complete hoax depending on what organization or business created it. In addition, remember that not all apps and websites are suitable for homework help.
Doing a research project? Aside from going to your local library, you can use online resources from home with your library card. Visit this page to get started!
Your grandparent is changing their password and asks you to help them think of a good one. You suggest:
Correct answer: creating a strong password by taking a word or phrase and changing some of the letters into numbers and special characters
Use secure passwords to keep your information private and safe. It's a good idea to use combinations of letters, numbers and special characters like @ and &. Come up with different ones so that you aren't using the same one for every account. Never share your password with your friends.
Your aunt just joined Facebook. She shows you her profile and you notice a big problem with the privacy settings. Which setting allows strangers to see her posts?
Correct answer: public
When a post is public, anyone on and off Facebook can see it. This allows everyone to see your pictures and videos, even strangers! Always use privacy settings on websites and apps to limit what others can see about you. Check these settings often to make sure your information stays protected.
Many websites ask you to provide personal information when you register. Think about why they want this information from you. Always check with a parent or guardian before you create an online account anywhere. The same goes for entering any contests or downloading apps.
You receive a new friend request from a person who doesn’t have a profile picture, but you recognize the name as someone in your class. You:
Correct answer: ask your classmate in person to make sure it was really them who sent the request
Be careful about who you add as a friend on any social media account. When you add a friend online they can access a lot of your personal information, including all your posted pictures. Remember to double check that the person you’re adding is who they say they are. Always tell an adult if someone that you met online wants to meet in person.
One of your friends wants to do a new viral challenge where you record a video of yourself doing something dangerous and post it publicly. You:
Correct answer: explain why you don’t think this is a good idea
Always THINK about what you post online. Ask yourself if what you are about to post is True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, or Kind. Remember that what goes on the internet stays there forever, even if you think you have deleted it. This goes for comments, pictures and videos.
You’ve been playing an online game with some classmates after school. It’s fun and you enjoy it a lot. But more than once in the past week, you noticed one player is saying mean things to another kid in the group chat. You:
Correct answer: tell an adult and get proof if possible
Cyberbullying is never okay. If someone is bullying you online, or you see someone being bullied, make sure you talk to your parent or caregiver about it. Keep a record of bullying or harassing behaviour. Save messages or take a picture or screenshot and report them.