No doubt your parents have often repeated to you: “Don't talk to strangers!”. Although this appears less obvious and less risky on the internet, this rule also applies to virtual encounters. Always be careful with strangers who contact you and stick to "known” or verifiable contacts “(friends of friends on a social network, for example).
If you take part in online forums, where anonymity is very often the rule, always take care that it is appropriate for your age group. Always use a pseudonym which is nothing like your real name and which does not enable you to be identified. Also, do not register on forums with your main email address or your telephone number: you could easily be identified. It is always preferable to have a secondary email address in these cases.
If a stranger contacts you on a forum, never give them your personal data: you do not know how this person intends to use it.
- Never give your real name, your address, your telephone number, your email address or any other information which makes it possible to identify you.
- Stay aware and use your common sense. Leonardo DiCaprio does not frequent forums. Other people are hiding behind his name.
- If something nasty happens (indecent propositions, blackmail, threats, etc.), leave the discussion immediately and talk to people you trust. If it is really serious, do not hesitate to contact the police.