Know the Law Before the Law Knows You

Online Safety

What is too much information?

The most important thing to remember is that when you’re online in any kind of a public website, you’re exposed and anyone can read whatever you post. You should never post anything on the Internet that you wouldn’t want known to the public at large. You should also remember that people you meet in cyberspace might not be who they seem to be.

Is there some information that I should never put up?

If you’re in any type of public website like myspace or facebook, avoid giving out your full name, your mailing address, your telephone number, or any other information that could help someone determine your actual identity. The same applies to your family and friends. Never reveal anything about other people that could possibly get them into trouble.

What is the biggest danger when surfing the Internet?

The biggest danger to your safety is getting together with someone you “meet” online. Remember, you never know for certain if people you meet online are who they say they are.

What should I do if I am sent unwanted, lewd e-mails or sexually explicit material?

Never respond to e-mail, chat comments, or newsgroup messages that are hostile, belligerent, inappropriate, or in any way make you feel uncomfortable. It isn't your fault if you get such a message. If you get this type of a message, don't respond. Sending a response just encourages the person.

Internet Safety Guide for Teens

Report a Cyber Predator
Fighting child sexual exploitation requires the help of the public. We encourage New Mexico’s parents and youth to report incidents of online solicitation or other inappropriate contacts youth may experience while online to:

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Cyber Tip line
24-hour Hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
If you believe a child is in imminent danger call 911.
For more information contact:
New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children
(505) 222-9000

This is GENERAL and BASIC information only. Laws are constantly changing. Exceptions and special circumstances exist. You should seek legal advice from an attorney to your choice who can take into account all the factors relevant to your particular situation.