The Internet has become a part of our daily lives. The alarm on your cell phone wakes you up in the morning, you can read about what's happening around the world (as it's happening) and you figure out your plans each weekend by chatting with your friends on social media sites during the week.
However, all we seem to hear about are the negative sides of the Internet: people being bullied, ripped off, meeting people who aren't who they say they are etc. It's important that we realize that the Internet, social media sites and all of the other tools we use online aren't the issue – it's the way some people choose to use these tools.
As a youth, educator, parent or police officer, we all have a role to play in ensuring that our online experiences, as well as the experiences of those around us, are positive ones.
The ways we interact online are almost endless. Learn more about the different ways to interact online, find tips on how to ensure your online interactions are positive, and to find out what to do if you have an issue while interacting online.
The Internet has made it easier to find information we're looking for, stay in contact with friends, shop for clothes from our couch, play games with people halfway across the world and plan events without leaving home. However, the growing popularity of doing things online also means that you are at a greater risk of being taken advantage of online. Learn more about online scams and fraud to detect if someone may be trying to scam you!
Cyberbullying is when an individual repeatedly uses information and communication technologies in a way that is intended to cause, or should be known to cause, the intimidation or harassment of another person(s). Learn more about cyberbullying, its impacts and how to delete it from your community.