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  • How safe is your Internet? How safe are you on the Internet? I need you to be very careful

  • about when you're communicating or talking to people on the World Wide Web or the Internet.

  • Today's lesson is about Internet safety. It's something that can be very, very serious and

  • could be dangerous. So just some things to help you.

  • Maybe you are very excited that you can speak English to other people on Skype. I think

  • it's great. I think it's really fantastic that you will be able to communicate with

  • someone around the world in English for free and practice your English and practice your

  • conversation. Modern technology can be really, really wonderful. But it can also be very

  • dangerous. So I'm going to give you some helpful hints and tips about Internet safety.

  • As I've written on the board, Skype is a really, really great way to talk to people. You can

  • choose to have a video conversation with them, or you can just chat, or you can type things.

  • So it's your choice what you want to do with that.

  • Another social media that we have is something called Facebook. If you would like to be my

  • friend on Facebook, my name is Ronnie MacEnglish. So please, by all means, come visit my Facebook

  • webpage, and we can be friends -- if not in real life, virtual.

  • Rule No. 1. When you are on Skype or on Facebook, never give the person your personal information.

  • This includes your home or even your work address. You have no idea what the person

  • on the end of the computer is thinking about you. You might think, "Oh, I'm not going to

  • give them my home address, but they could meet me at work." Don't do it. If you're going

  • to meet someone that you've met on the Internet, you have to meet in a public place. Never

  • let them know your home address or your work address.

  • Never let them know your family information. Now, by "family information", I really mean

  • your last name, your mother's name, your father's name, your brothers' and sisters' names, where

  • they work, how many dogs you have. This is information that people can use to manipulate

  • you or to make you think that they are really interested in you and they care about you.

  • So my real last name is not MacEnglish, okay? I am never going to tell anyone my real last

  • name. Why? Because it's too much information on the computer. Someone could very easily

  • find my last name, find my name in the phone book, and have my phone number, which by the

  • way is (387) 572-3876. Call me. Yeah.

  • Your family information, your last name -- don't give it to people. If they ask you, make up

  • a fake last name like MacEnglish. Don't use mine, though. Never ever ever meet someone

  • alone. Now, this is more for a marketplace website as an example, in Canada and America,

  • we have something called Craigslist or Kijiji. I don't know what this means. It's just a

  • funny word. Now, we call these "marketplace" websites because you can buy and you can sell

  • things on these web sites. You could also do something like rent an apartment. So the

  • danger with these web sites is that, let's say that I am selling you a phone, a beautiful

  • phone. I want you to buy my phone. So I tell you, "This phone, it's brand new. It is $300.

  • I'm very excited. I will meet you at a coffee shop, and you can buy my phone." Do you trust

  • me? You shouldn't. What happens if you go to the coffee shop alone, you meet me, I give

  • you my phone, you give me $300. Maybe the phone doesn't work. I'm gone, and so is your $300.

  • Also -- this is a real-life story. A man put his truck for sale on either Craigslist or

  • Kijiji. I don't know which site it was. So he put his truck for sale. A man came and

  • said, "I'd like to buy your truck". So he wanted to have a test drive. So the buyer

  • and the seller get in the truck, go for a test drive -- the guy's missing. They find

  • his body -- which means he's dead -- about a week later in a farm. So it's very, very

  • important that when you are meeting someone to buy something or to sell something or to

  • rent an apartment, that you do not go alone.

  • Now, I don't think that everyone on these websites wants to kill you, but don't be naive.

  • Don't be stupid. Go with your friend. It's not going to kill you if you go with your

  • friend. If you go alone, they just might kill you. Please be careful.

  • Don't leave the person alone. Sometimes, I hear people say, "I'm going to meet my friend

  • I met on the Internet". "Okay. How do you know this person?" "We talk on Skype". "Okay.

  • How long have you known this person?" "Couple months". "Couple months? Okay. Good. Is it

  • a man or a woman?" "It's a man." Okay. As soon as a man is talking to a woman on the

  • Internet, there is maybe some want of sex. Yes, yes, yes. I do not care how old or how

  • rich you think this man is. I've had people say to me, "No, Ronnie! He's a grandfather.

  • He's 50 or 40." Guess what, ladies and gentlemen, someone who's 50 or 40 or 50 or 60 or 70 or

  • 80 or 90 or 100 can still rape you. There's this thing called Viagra. I don't care how

  • old the person is. Do not meet them by yourself. Always bring your friend. Bring a guy. It's

  • even worse for the person. Again, I'm not telling you that everyone on the Internet

  • wants to rape you, but you have to be careful.

  • This also works for boys. Guy, you think, "I'm going to meet a new friend today". How

  • do you know that this new friend is not gay? How do you know that this new friend of yours

  • does not want to have sex with you? There are many, many, many gay people around the

  • world forever, always. Hallelujah. But you must be careful. Just think, "Oh, I'm a man.

  • It won't happen to me." No. It will happen to you. It could happen to you. So please

  • be careful.

  • There's a really, really cool kind of website that I've seen. There's more than one these.

  • One of them that I've looked at is called Languageexchange.com. There's a whole slew

  • of them -- or many language exchange websites where you can go on for free. You can meet

  • a language exchange friend, and you guys can email back and forth. And you can have conversations.

  • Okay, rule No. 1: Never give personal information. Rule No. 2: If you get a chance to meet the

  • person, don't do it alone. And this is a really good precaution to weed out -- which means

  • "get rid of" -- crazy potentially dangerous people. Ask the person why they want to learn

  • your language. Now, all of the beautiful people from Japan and Korea -- ladies, a lot of guys

  • love you. You are so cute. You are so beautiful. But you are also very naive. So it's very

  • important that you ask the person, "Nande nihongo?" I can't say it in Japanese. "Why

  • do you want to study Japanese?" Be careful if the guy says, "I like Japanese girls".

  • That means, "I want to have sex with a Japanese girl". That Japanese girl is you. Or they

  • might say, "I really like Korean culture". "Do you really know about Korean culture?"

  • Maybe the person really has an interest in Korean culture, but it's important that you

  • ask them why.

  • Now, a lot of people -- you may know -- have been to your country. A lot of English teachers

  • go to Japan, go to Korea, go to China, and they meet beautiful girls like you. And that's

  • fine, but it's always good to ask them why. Maybe the guy went to China. Maybe he went

  • to a city near your city, and he thinks that Chinese girls are beautiful. He learns Chinese,

  • and he wants to continue his Chinese. That's good. Still be careful, and always find out why.

  • It's really important that when you speak to people -- even on EngVid -- that you know

  • exactly what you're going to talk to the person about. Don't give them personal information.

  • Don't meet them alone. Don't give them money. Except for me. All right. Be safe out there.

  • We'll see you next time. Bye-bye.

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