The internet is an amazing tool to learn, explore and expand horizons. However, there are many risks to using the internet and it is important to take precautions while online.

What exactly is the Internet?

The internet is a vast computer network linking smaller computer networks together all over the world. Anyone with access, can read or post on the internet.

Many people use the internet for research, videos, email movies, blogs, chat rooms, games, TV Shows, news, sports and video messaging. However, one thing to remember is that the internet is NOT PRIVATE and there is no one policing it.

What are the risks of using the internet?

  • Viewing inappropriate material such as photos and stories, illegal drug use or how to make weapons.
  • The promotion of violence against humans, animals or institutions
  • Racism - the promotion of hate and intolerance, deny the holocaust, promote cults, self-mutilation, suicide and criminal acts.
  • The commission of many Criminal, including cyber bullying.

Safe & Secure Surfing

  • Do not post any personal information on the web such as date of birth, phone number, address or school.
  • Your password is private. Never share it with anyone other than your parent or guardian.
  • If you receive an email, post or text message that makes you feel uncomfortable you should:
    • Block the person
    • Tell an adult you trust
    • Save a copy
  • Be aware that posting pictures of yourself can be dangerous. They can be copied and changed.
  • Keep your online profiles clean as potential employers and schools often check these.
  • Remember, NOTHING is private and everything can be traced.
  • Web cameras can be safe for you to use, however ensure that you disconnect it or cover it after using to avoid hackers from having an accessible view into your home.
  •  Make sure you have anti-virus software on your computer.

Reporting an Internet Crime

The Hamilton Police Service is committed to addressing computer crime. To that end, the Service has created a Technology Crime Unit to support front line investigation of computer and internet crime. The technology Crime Unit, one of the few in the province, is accessible to Police officers only.

  • If you received any threatening or inappropriate messages, or if you receive any messages that make you feel uncomfortable, make sure you tell an adult that you trust.
  • If the matter requires Police involvement, please contact the Hamilton Police Service at 905-546-4925
  • If you have information regarding computer crime please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

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