Personal information is any data that can be used to identify you. This can include your name, address, phone number, email address, and more. Sharing personal information online can put you at risk. In this lesson, we will learn why it's important not to share your personal information on the Internet.
There are several risks associated with sharing personal information online. Some of these risks include:
Let's learn more about each of these risks.
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information to pretend to be you. They can use your information to open bank accounts, apply for loans, or make purchases in your name. This can cause financial problems and damage your reputation.
To protect yourself from identity theft, never share your personal information online.
Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology to harass, threaten, or embarrass another person. Sharing personal information online can make it easier for cyberbullies to target you. To protect yourself from cyberbullying, be cautious about what you share online.
If you experience cyberbullying, report it to a trusted adult, like a parent, teacher, or school counselor. They can help you take the right steps to stop the bullying and keep you safe.
Sharing personal information online can lead to unwanted contact from strangers. This can be dangerous, especially if the stranger has bad intentions. To protect yourself from unwanted contact, never share your personal information with people you don't know. If you do receive unwanted contact from a stranger, follow these steps: