Online Safety Tips for Teens


hi5 is committed to making its community safe for all of its members. While hi5 can increase your circle of friends, it can also increase the possibility that you may be exposed to people with inappropriate intentions.


The following is designed to help you learn how to stay safe online. It contains useful safety information, tips and resources to guide you through social networks and to help teach your friends to do the same. hi5 wants you to stay safe and have fun online!


Report harassment and inappropriate content


Please send a message to hi5's Safety Squad if you are harassed or exposed to inappropriate content. Don't be afraid to tell your parents and teachers, as their biggest concern is your safety. Explain to them that you understand online safety is important and that is why you are telling them about your experience. Remember, a crime online is still a crime and law enforcement personnel have sophisticated tools used to investigate online crimes. Click here to find additional authorities and groups you should also consider contacting.


Keep your personal information to yourself


Don't post your full name, address, phone number, or family information — and don't post other people's information. Be aware of posting information that could be used to identify you or locate you offline.


Do not post inappropriate content that could expose you to danger


Please remember that your parents, teachers and potential employers may view your profile. Post only information that you are comfortable with others seeing- and knowing- about you.


Be wary of in-person meetings


Do some research before you decide to meet someone in person from the Internet. Ask your friends whether they know the person and see what you can find out about them through online search engines. If you decide to meet them, tell an adult where you are going, and when you expect to be back. Also meet during the day in a public place, and with people you trust.


Remember that once you post information online, it's very difficult to remove it entirely


Even if you delete the information from a site, older versions exist on other people's computers.


Protect your privacy and adjust your profile and privacy settings to Friends Only


Only accept friend invitations from people you trust.


Beware of phishing scams


Phishing is a method used by fraudsters to access your personal information by pretending to be a site you trust. Read more about phishing to avoid being scammed on hi5.


For more safety tips, review the Federal Trade Commission's social networking tips here.