Internet Stranger

Although the internet can be a great place to learn, connect, and meet people from all over the world, it is important to watch for warning signs and take preventative measures.

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Photo Credit: Akshay Hallur Flickr via Compfight cc

  • Never give out personal or identifying information to people you don’t know, especially if they are persistent
  • Always be careful about things you say or pictures you post, because you never know who is on the other end
  • Never give out your passwords
  • Try “googling” yourself to see what comes up. Is there any identifiable information tied to your name.  For example, where you go to school, home address, or a phone number? If so, you may need to contact the owner or manager of the site to take it down.

We would love to hear your advice about interacting with strangers on the internet! Let us know in the comments.

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Hi! The moderator is a research team member with a background in behavioral health. We're here to help answer your questions and stimulate some great conversation! We don't provide therapy and are not available 24-7 so please if you are in crisis, go to our crisis page: https://sova.pitt.edu/i-need-help-now We look forward to talking to you!

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