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If you've been on any social media site, you'll notice that there are a lot of people who act like 'idiots'.

That's because a lot of people don't know how to behave on the internet. Well, have no fear! This webpage is designed specifically to help you learn how to act on the internet, as well as provide you with some internet programs to help you be safer. You can also learn some popular expressions as you browse the world wide web so you can finally understand what's being said.

10 Rules On How To Behave On The Internet:

1. No swear words or inappropriate language. Children online learn from the adults and other users.

2. WHEN YOU TYPE IN CAPS LIKE THIS, MANY PEOPLE THINK YOU'RE YELLING. If you're angry and want to share, you can use emotions ( x( ) or things such as italics or bold or even underline if possible. Even something as simple as an exclamation point ( ! ) can get your angry point across.

3. when u type like this many ppl think u dont know how to type and if u see ur friends typing lyk dis an making spellng mistakes dont correct dem. Type correctly like you would a business letter. And don't correct your friends publicly. If you want to correct their mistakes, tell them in a private email, "Hey I think you made some mistakes. Let me help you."

4. If you wouldn't say something to someone's face, don't say it in an online message. The results can be terrible.

5. Don't post things (pictures, comments, posts) that you wouldn't want your grandma or employer to see.

6. DO NOT SHARE LOGIN INFORMATION! When you share your login information with someone other than family, than you run the risk of having your account hacked into and violated. It's like giving someone that isn't family a key to your house.

7. When you have a social media website, be sure to use the security and/or privacy settings. They are there for a reason.

8. If you or your child receive a cruel anonymous message, be sure you know about it and then tell either a teacher or a site administer.

9. Don't talk to or 'friend' anybody on the internet that you don't know personally in real life.

10. Use the golden rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated, even on the internet.

List of expressions:

LOL = Laugh Out Loud
LMAO = Laughing My A%$ Off
OMG = Oh My Gosh (God)
WTH = What The Heck (H$%L)
BRB = Be Right Back
ILY = I Love You
BTW = By The Way
JK = Just Kidding
C U L8R = See You Later
OIC = Oh I See
POV = Point of View
THX = Thanks
TMI = Too Much Information
TTYL = Talk To You Later
XOXO = Kisses and Hugs
IMHO = In My Humble Opinion

For more information about various other terms, visit UrbanDictionary.com*PROCEED WITH CAUTION*

Is the Internet really safe?

The internet has changed a lot since it first began. Twenty years ago, who would have thought that a website like could be made by a group of high school students? Today, the internet is a common part of everyday life, but because it's such a big deal that also means that there's more room for something to go wrong.

I found a comment on an online blog that I think explains this page up pretty well:

"I think the internet is like walking down the street. I think as long as you pay attention to your surroundings, use common sense, stay out of dark alleys and bad parts of town (i.e. porn sites, bittorrents, etc) and ignore the sidewalk salesmen and preachers (i.e. spammers) you'll probably be okay."
( found here)

As long as you follow the rules of the internet and stay away from sites that can be harmful both to you and your computer, the chances of you getting in trouble is minimal. However, it would also be smart to install an Antivirus software just to ensure that you're computer is completely safe. For more information on how to keep your computer safe, go to our Defending Your Computer page.