Internet Safety Tips & Resources

Although the internet is a great source for advice, sharing personal experiences, research, and other information, there are always risks involved. We’ve put together a list of tips and suggestions to make your experience more enjoyable.

Protecting Your Identity & Reputation Online

GirlsAskGuys encourages you to create a profile with information such as your age, gender, hobbies, and interests. Your profile can help you meet likeminded people, and attract users to answer your questions! However, too much information can also make you the subject of harassment, or worse.

For more tools and resources about what you should and shouldn’t be posting online, visit Connect Safely.

Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is bullying or harassing that happens online. Much of it is similar to what people experience offline in schools, homes, or the community. It is a real crime that can cause serious distress and pain, and you can be arrested and sued for such acts. Cyber bullying can happen in various forms, including instant messaging, social networking sites, email, and chat rooms, but the most common place bullying occurs online is over instant messenger. Cyber Bullying will not be tolerated on GirlsAskGuys.

For more information on how to prevent and deal with cyber bullying, visit Cyber Bullying.

Take Precautions When Communicating With People Online

You cannot be absolutely certain if the people you meet online are who they say they are. You do not have to respond to any messages that are rude, annoying, or make you feel uncomfortable. IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT if you get a message that is mean, or in any way makes you feel uncomfortable. If you get such a message, don’t respond. Simply block the user, and report it to us via Contact Us immediately.

Cries For Help Online: Suicide

Visit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for assistance on how to deal with these sensitive situations. You may also call NSPL at 1-800-273-TALK (8255); the call is free, confidential and they are there for you 24/7/365.

Federal Trade CommissionOn Guard Online

The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit The Federal Trade Commission or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.

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