Are you Safe or Out?
3 Don’t Click Tips every kid, young adult and older adult should know

  1. Check Who Sent It:
    If you get a message from someone you don’t know or the number looks weird, don’t click on anything! Ask an adult to help you check if it’s real. If it’s not from a friend or family member, be super careful.
  2. Watch for Weird Stuff:
    Fake texts often have mistakes like bad spelling and strange grammar. They might try to scare you by saying things like “Hurry!” or “Do this now!” They might also promise you prizes or try to scare you into clicking. If it feels strange, show it to a family member or parent.
  3. Keep Your Info Secret:
    Never share your personal information through a text or email request. This means things like your name, address, phone number, or passwords. If a text asks for this stuff, it’s probably fake. Don’t click on any links that ask for your personal details.

Have you been attacked?
Review these 4 essential
Don’t Click Tips

  1. Turn off your computer or device immediately
  2. Work with your parents or older siblings to contact your bank or credit card company if financial information has been stolen
  3. Work with your family members to report the crime to the police or FBI
  4. Change your passwords on every account affected
  1. Look carefully at “urgent” emails and urls for common hacker messages 
  2. Be careful of sensitive content that you share on social media and change your settings so only certain people can see your information
  3. Keep copies of important information in a safe place in case your computer or device gets damaged
  4. Don’t use public Wi-Fi for things like online banking, and use a special tool called a VPN to keep your internet activity private
  5. Use strong and different passwords for each account, with plenty of special characters and random numbers
  6. Keep your computer programs and apps up to date so they have the latest protection against hackers
  7. Learn how hackers trick people with emails, and be suspicious of things that seem strange or unexpected
  8. If you can, use two separate steps (two-factor authentication) to sign into your accounts

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