NEXOPIA'S ADVICE FOR USERS OF ONLINE COMMUNITIES + Anyone can be anything on the internet! Just because someone says they are a cute 15-year-old girl does not mean that they are in fact - cute - 15 - or a girl. For all you know, they may in fact be a 45-year-old man. + Don't ever post personal information on your profile or in areas visible to the general public and strangers. Profiles are publicly visible, so don't include your last name, phone numbers, addresses, or anything else that can lead someone to you. Comments are also visible to the public and are not the place to share any personal information -- use private messages instead. + Don't record yourself in a compromising fashion. Be cautious exposing your private life online. Never give out personal information to people you don't know and never send pictures or do things on webcam that you wouldn't want anyone else to see. Remember -- just because someone seems nice and genuine at first doesn't mean they will keep that stuff to themselves, and once they have a copy of it you have no control over where it goes! + If you're uncomfortable with the way a conversation is progressing, JUST GET OUT! Don't worry about offending anyone. Utilize the "Ignore User" feature as well as the "Report Abuse" buttons. If necessary, report the matter to your local police or www.cybertip.ca. + Take precautions when meeting people you have only met online -- DON'T GO ALONE! Always take someone with you, a friend or preferably an adult, and plan to meet in an open and public place. Be sure someone you trust knows where you're going and when you'll be back. Taking a cell phone helps provide extra security. + If at anytime you need someone to talk to, contact Kids Help Phone. Kids Help Phone is toll-free and totally anonymous. Teens contact Kids Help Phone about issues including all variety of physical, emotional, and cyber abuse; drugs and suicide. To get counseling, call 1-800-668-6868 or go online at www.kidshelpphone.ca. Your online experience with sites like Nexopia can be safe, as long as you follow common sense rules like those listed above. For more information check out http://www.cybertip.ca or http://www.weron2u.ca.