Ten cuidado con lo que haces, dices y compartes, incluso los lugares a donde “vas” en internet, para que puedas reducir la probabilidad de meterte en problemas.

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Privacidad y reputación

Cualquiera, como padres, maestros y hasta desconocidos, con suficiente información pueden descubrir quién eres, dónde vives, tu escuela o trabajo y lo que te gusta hacer.

It’s hard to “take back” or explain something you put online and it’s almost impossible to make it go away once you do. Think about what you share. If you write mean posts about others, post photos of yourself or friends doing illegal things or share sexual photos, it could come back to haunt you – the next day or even years later.

No post or text is worth getting suspended from school, losing a scholarship or job, ruining a friendship or putting yourself in danger!

How to stay safe

Start protecting yourself by checking the privacy settings on your phone and computer and learning how to control who can see what you share on websites and social media. You can even wait until you’re older to set up social media profiles and you shouldn’t lie about your age just to get an account.

Always remember that what you share, click, download, text, post, “like,” or forward may not stay private, even if you hit “delete.” If you’re feeling angry or upset about something, calm down before you post about it. Sometimes it’s best not to post about things that make you mad at all (#overshare).

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El ciberacoso es cuando alguien comparte un correo electrónico, mensaje de texto o publicación malicioso, embarazoso o amenazante con otra persona o sobre otra persona. Básicamente es acosar a alguien en el Internet. Algunas veces empieza como una broma entre amigos y se propaga muy rápidamente a otros, incluso a extraños. Los ciberacosadores comparten información falsa o publican fotos embarazosas de otros sin su permiso; engañan a las personas para que digan cosas, y comparten publicaciones y mensajes maliciosos para hacer quedar mal a otra persona. Algunas veces el ciberacoso y el acoso en la vida real (como ser hostigado en la escuela, en el trabajo o en la comunidad) ocurren al mismo tiempo.

Some young people are especially at risk for cyberbullying. Those who seem “different” from others because of sexual orientation or other differences like being under or overweight or even new to a school, can put teens at greater risk. (View Source)

Cyberbullies might pretend they are someone else online. They may even pretend to be your friend! Some teens who are cyberbullies might be concerned about their popularity or like to control others. Many are themselves depressed or anxious, have low self-esteem and are easily pressured by others. (View Source)

Bullying and cyberbullying are bad for everyone involved: those who are being bullied, those who are causing it and even bystanders! (View Source) Victims and bystanders are more likely than others to experience anxiety and depression as a result of bullying and cyberbullying. So if you notice someone being bullied, tell a trusted adult. Those who cyberbully can get into trouble at school, with law enforcement, and they might continue these risky behaviors when they grow up. (View Source)

How to stay safe

Keep account logins and passwords private. Don’t share them with anyone! Be careful about what you say about others online (even as a joke).

Always refuse to take part in cyberbullying – don’t like or share posts that could be embarrassing to another person. If it happens to you or you see it happening to someone else, tell a trusted adult right away.

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Algunos adolescentes no saben que compartir fotos de sí mismos o de otros desnudos o parcialmente desnudos (llamado algunas veces “sextear”) puede ser un delito. Es ilegal reenviar, enviar, compartir, tomar o mantener en tu teléfono o computadora fotos sexuales de cualquier persona menor de 18 años de edad (menor).

Even teens who say that sexting is wrong might think it is okay to share sexual photos with a friend or romantic partner. Regardless of age, those caught sharing sexual images of anyone – even themselves – under the age of 18 could be charged with distributing child pornography.

Besides the legal problems that can come from sexting, it can cause real emotional pain, too. When relationships or friendships end, photos sent between two people don’t disappear, and they might be shared online in the future.

How to stay safe

Never share or download sexual, nude or partially nude photos of yourself or others. Resist the urge to engage in sexting or cybersex on your computer – even with someone you know and trust.

If someone you don’t know sends you nude or sexual photos, tell a trusted adult right away. If another teen that you know sends you sexual photos and you don’t feel comfortable telling an adult, make sure you delete them. Never share the photos you receive! Don’t accept friend requests or chat with people you don’t know.

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Depredadores sexuales

Hablar “sexi” o compartir fotos e información personal en internet con desconocidos es una de las cosas más peligrosas que puede hacer una persona. A menos que hayas conocido cara a cara a la persona, realmente no puedes saber si la persona con quien estás hablando dice la verdad sobre sí misma.

Adult sexual predators sometimes pretend to be teens online so they can get teens to meet in person, with plans to convince – or even force – them to have sex or do other criminal things.

Adults who send sexual messages or photos or attempt to have sex or cybersex with anyone under 18 can be arrested and charged as a “child predator.”

How to stay safe

Don’t post sexy messages. Only accept friend requests from people you know in real life. Be super cautious if someone you met online asks to meet you in person. If you’re thinking about meeting up with someone you only know online, tell a parent or trusted adult. Take them with you to the meeting and only agree to meet in a public place where you feel safe.

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Otros riesgos en Internet

En el Internet hay sitios web muy buenos, como 216Teens, que tienen información de salud auténtica, pero también hay algunos muy malos. Los sitios web malos pueden llevarte a comprar, creer o hacer cosas que pueden dañar tu salud.  Por ejemplo, algunos sitios web y anuncios promueven drogas, consejos o “curas” para enfermedades de transmisión sexual, depresión, embarazo, pérdida de peso y otros “arreglos fáciles” que no funcionan. Otros sitios tienen contenido violento y lleno de odio que podría afectarte. ¡Una vez hecho clic, es imposible revertir el efecto de haberlo “visto”!

Even spending too much time online can be bad for your mental, emotional and physical health. (View Sources: [1] and [2])

How to stay safe

Be careful where you go online and remember that just because something is published on the internet doesn’t mean it’s real or legit. Some things you might find online are made up, staged and edited to sell you something or impress others. If you’re tempted to try something that sounds like a quick-fix, talk to a healthcare provider before you waste your money or put your health at risk.

Of course, most people know that texting while driving is super dangerous. It kills thousands of people every year, so don’t take a chance. (View Source) Don’t text while driving and refuse to ride with anyone who does it.

Try to set limits on how much time you spend online each day. Remember that real life happens in the real world, not online

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