Internet has become a very fun way of keeping in touch with friends and family. There are many ways and online applications that enable you to have conversations, such as instant messenger, chat rooms, online games, social networks and articles on internet sites (blogs).
Cell phone use is also quite widespread, and now there are many things you can do on your cell phone that you were not able to do before. Today, cell phones perform many functions and give you almost the same feeling as if you were using a computer.
Internet has become a very fun way of keeping in touch friends and family. There are many ways and online applications that enable you to have conversations, such as instant messenger, chat rooms, online games, social networks and articles on internet sites (blogs). Some people have met their closest friends through online chat.However, you should always keep in mind that there are bad people who use the internet for bad intentions, so you should be very cautious while having fun on the internet.
Instant messaging is a very good way of chatting with friends and family because it provides privacy and only the people logged in the chat can see what is written.
When you communicate with your friends in this application, written messages appear instantly on the screen offering a direct and real-time conversation. The application enables you to see all the names of your friends in a list.This list shows when they are online and enables you to talk to themat the same time. When chatting with your friends online you can also use awebcam, which letsyou see and talk to each other at the same time, even if they are in another country.
Usage of electronic messages (e-mail) is a specific way of communicating with friends and family. Electronic messages have already become part of official communication in the daily work of many businesses and institutions.
You can send electronic messages to many people simultaneously from any location in the world. When sending electronic messages, always make sure that you’re sending them to people you know.
Use of cell phones is another fun way of keeping in touch friends and family. You can use cell phones to talk to people and send text messages.Cell phones now enable you to send different pictures and videos. Most phones that people use nowadays have an integrated camera. This means that you can take pictures and send them to your friendsany time you want.
It is recommended that you share your cell phone number only with people you know, so that you do not receive phone calls or messages from strangers who can bother you for different things.
Beware, keep in mind:
- Do not post your mobile phone number on your profile. Show your phone number only to the people you know and trust.
- Do not allow strangers to use your mobile phone.
- Never respond to bullies. Do not read their messages, block them and do not communicate with them.
- If someone is bullying or disturbing you through messages, save the evidence and try to identify the person that is bullying you!
Discussion forums on the internet are places for meeting people with whom you can discuss about all topics you like. In these forums you can talk about music, sports and movies or other things that interest you. You can find different online forums offering the possibility to talk about any issues that you like, and even meet with people who share your interests. You can read messages written by others or respond to messages by posting your responses or ideas. You can also write a new message or post a question about something that interests you.
Beware, keep in mind:
- Always read the rules before using the forum.
- Behave properly and respect others. Do not judge the others in the forum in relation to their race, religion, gender and do not post messages with insulting content.
- Do not use your real name during discussions in these forums. Use only nicknames because in most forums you cannot delete your personal information once you post it.
Social networking sites
Social networking sites have become more widespread lately, allowing you to become more closely acquainted with your friends’ activities and also communicate with them. Some of the most popular social networking sites are Facebook and Twitter.
You can create your own page and include a multitude of information such asschools you attend,your favouritemusic and sports. You can also have your own wall in these pages where you can write your daily thoughts and invite people to comment on them.
Social networks enable you to post music and videos and also add pictures of you and your friends. But it is important that you ask your friends beforehand for permission to post any of their pictures on your page. In order to increase the number of friends, you can invite your friends to access your page and you also have access to theirs. Any personal information that you post on these pages can be visible to the whole world.
When you open your profile on social networking sites, you should always be careful about what information you post in your profile. Be aware that information and pictures in your profile can be visible to everyone unless you modify the privacy settings. If this makes you feel uncomfortable, then better don’t publish them in your profile and don’t make them public. If you wouldn’t want your parents, relatives or a certain person to see a post or a comment, then better do not post it.
Beware, keep in mind:
- Make sure not to post any personal information in your profile, such as your telephone number, personal email address, home address or the name of the school you attend.
- Right after you post something on the internet (words, pictures, videos), you will lose control over that information. This information can be copied, cut and attached. This includes private profiles.
- Accept friend requests only from people you know personally.
- Learn the privacy rules and update them frequently.
- Do not share your whereabouts.
Downloading and posting on the internet
Sharingmusic,movies or pictures with friends is another fun activity that the internet and other online applications enable. Nevertheless, you should always be careful when downloading music, movies andpictures, as they may contain viruses or inappropriate images. If you want to download new music or videos, it is recommended that you download them from recognised pages, which for the most part request payment for any music of video file you want to download.
Sites like YouTube also offer a large number of video files that you can watch, and enable you to upload videos for other people to watch. But you should be aware that everyone can upload different videos and you could end up watching something terrible. It is always recommended to ask from an adult to watch or download what you want.
Downloading from internet can get you in trouble. Some pages offer free music, pictures or games. But most of these pages that offer free materials do it to spread different viruses. If you download music, movies, programs or games from unfamiliar pages, there is always a possibility for you to install more viruses into your computer, which in turn can damage your computer and contain inappropriate images for your age.
The best thing you can do in this case is to ask from an adult in your family to download what you want, in order to avoid getting in trouble.
Online games are a place where you can play various games with many people from all over the world. You can play games with people you already know or with strangers. Online games are a very special way of having fun and meeting many new friends that you can continue to talk to online as well.
Discipline whilst online
Internet has become much like our real world. Internet is used by all people from around the world for various reasons. Some people use it for good purposes, while others do so with bad intentions.
It is important that you use the internet for entertainment purposes by not offending, insulting or misusing any person you do not know. Even though you are not able to see the other person communicating in online chats or on social networking sites, you should use appropriate language in order avoid offenses or insults towards anyone on the internet that could lead to an eventual incident or exposure to unlawful acts.
Nonetheless, if you run into any inappropriate online content or a person offends or says bad things to youduring online communication, then you definitely need to inform your parents or your guardian so that they can help you and put an end to the behaviour.