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This page contains some tips to remain safe on the Scratch website. Remember to keep personal information private. Do not share your name, address, email address, phone number, or other personal contact information.
These tips can be expanded to all internet safety.
With all shared items, including projects, comments, pictures, etc., make sure you answer these questions:
- Would you want your parents to see it?
- Would you want your grandma to see it?
- Would you want your worst enemy to see this?
- Would you want your best freind to see this?
- What would be your reaction if it is printed on the front page of a newspaper?
Remember! Nothing you put on the internet is safe. Once you put it there, it doesn't belong to you! Even if you delete it, people can screenshot it, and it may be backed up on a storage system by someone else.
- When sharing music you created with Audacity, Garageband, etc., check to see if your name or personal information has been added on in the credits.
- macOS tends to put your name on Garageband projects. To clear this,
- Open GarageBand
- Open Preferences +
- Open the "My Info" tab
- Delete your name from the text boxes.
- You can also avoid this by changing your account's name to something that does not reveal any information.
- See also: Image Hosting
- Only share images of other people if you have permission from them.
- Only share images of yourself if you have permission from your parent/guardian.
- Do not use your email to host them.
- Do not use local file paths (i.e. file:///someone/somewhere/something.png or driveletter:\Users\Yourname\Documents\image.jpg) from your computer. They will not work and might give away personal information. Instead, upload images to listed on Image Host
- With an external paint editor, black out personal information from screenshots, especially screenshots of folders and file pickers that display your home directory's name. The regular Paint application that comes with Windows does not do this.
- Please consider that if you want to be completely safe, try to talk to those you only know in real life. However, for those who don't have any friends that go online, talking to those you don't know in real life can be necessary for social engagement online.
- Despite how much you're close to a "friend", never agree to meet up in real life. The "friend" might be a sexual predator!
- Sharing personal info, such as full name, street address, and phone number, is never a good idea.