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Computer and Internet Safety

(Adapted from www.nnedv.org)

 If you are in danger, please:

  • Call 911
  • Call us at 301-315-8041 or 1-877-88-JCADA
  • Call the National Teen Abuse  Helpline: 1-866-331-9474
  • Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE
  • Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

E-mail and Instant/Text Messaging (IM) are not safe or confidential ways to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life, please call a hotline instead.

 There are hundreds of ways that computers record everything you do on the computer and on the Internet.

If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer that someone abusive does not have direct access, or even remote (hacking) access to.

  • If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are. Abusive people are often controlling and want to know your every move. You don't need to be a computer programmer or have special skills to discover someone's computer activities - anyone can do it and there are many ways.
  • Computers can provide a lot of information about what you look at on the Internet, the emails you send, and other activities. It is not possible to delete or clear all computer "footprints".
  • It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a Community Technology Center (CTC) (national directory: www.ctcnet.org), at a trusted friend's house, or an Internet Cafe.
  • If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, you might consider not using the Internet at home or "safer" Internet surfing.  

Traditional "corded" phones are more private than cell phones or cordless phones.

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