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Internet Safety Pledge
I will think before I post.
I will respect other people online.
I will respect digital media ownership.
I won't meet face-to-face with anyone I meet in the digital world unless I have my parents' permission.
I will protect myself online.

I will think before I post
This means that you should think about how the post will reflect on you and how it will affect the people you are talking about/to before you post it. First of all, you should seriously think about posting something that insults or makes fun of someone else. It could hurt their feelings or even worse. Secondly, you should not post any personal information. Someone could use it against you to steal money or your identity. Don't post any inappropriate sexual comments or pictures. This could be taken as sexual harrassment. That could be a serious offense. You could also be banned from the site you are using to post these. Finally, you should never promote any voilence or illicit substances on posts even as a joke. You will most likely be banned from the site you are using and could lead to you being arrested or searched.

I will respect other people online
As was already stated above, one way to respect others is to not post things that will hurt other people's feelings or will embarrass others. Also, don't make rude comments on other people's posts. You should not try to pressure people into doing things that are not good online. Finally, do not post other people's personal information online because it is an invasion of their privacy.

I will respect digital media ownership
One way to respect digital media ownership is to not pirate videos or music. This means that you should not copy/spread the video or peice of music without permission from the owner. Also, don't claim ownership of something that you don't own. Both of these actions could lead to lawsuits and fines.

I won't meet face-to-face with anyone I meet in the digital world unless I have my parents' permission
This means that you should not meet with someone in real life that you have met only online. They might not be who they seem. A common example of this is that your friend who you think is a 15 year old girl in high school could actually be a 300 pound man living in his mother's basement. There are many reasons why someone would do this. They might want you to slip up and give up some personal information but sadly, one of the most common reasons is that they pretend to become your friend online and then use you when you meet face to face. That is called grooming. They might try to kidnap you or even try to gain a sexual favor from you. This is why it is important to ask a parent or guardian to approve your meeting and to make sure a parent or guardian is present throughout the meeting.

I will protect myself online
One of the easiest ways to protect yourself is by having strong passwords. Having a weak password makes it easy for someone to hack your account. To have a strong password, make sure it is at least 8 characters long. Also, make it have a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters. Mix numbers and letter. Make sure to have at least one special character. For example, if you are making a bank login and you are feeling unoriginal, instead of it being bankLogin, make it b@nK1oG!n. I replaced the a with an @ symbol, I made the k and g uppercase, I changed the l to a 1, and finally, I changed the i to an !. This still is relatively easy to guess but it is better than bankLogin. If you want to make it stronger, try to make it totally different from the purpose of the password like: 9uqWe1$y7. That is just harder to remember. Another way to protect yourself online is to never post personal information about yourself or your family members. If someone tries to friend you that you don't know, be wary. Finally, don't visit sites that are not secure or are promoting illegal substanes or are pornographic websites. These could install viruses into your computer or take your information.