The Internet is an opportunity for you to interact with people. It provides a communication link to businesses, entertainment, and education. Through the Internet you can interact with people from other towns, cities, and countries. You can learn about other cultures, customs and lifestyles. It is an opportunity to make new friends and learn more about the world in which we live.
However, the Internet by design is an anonymous media. This aspect can make it easy for someone to use the Internet for criminal means. Because you are 'speaking' with someone via your computer, it is nearly impossible to verify many things about that person. These may include:
The Person's Identity -
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Common sense tempered with caution is still your best protection. Listed below are
some safety tips you should use when communicating on-
Meet in a public place that is well lighted and busy.
Meet during busy business hours and not close to closing or after dark.
Arrange your own transportation to and from the meeting.
Bring a friend; Double-
A stranger you meet on the Internet is just like a stranger you meet in a bar, restaurant, or on the street!! Use the same precautions you use in these situations, when meeting people on the Internet!!
If you do have suspicions about someone you may have spoken with on the Internet,
or if you have in someway been offended or threatened, contact your service provider
immediately. Give them as much information about the situation as possible. This
should include any contact information, such as on-
If at any time you suspect criminal activity is taking place, or if you are threatened
or harassed, you may contact the Patton Borough Police Department by calling 9-