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On the internet you may be asked to part with personal information when registering for things on websites.
It’s important that you don’t do this without checking a few things first. Not all websites are reliable, and may use your personal information to try and sell you things, or bombard you with junk mail. Generally speaking the more well known a company or organisation is (e.g. BBC), the more reliable they will be, this is because they have a reputation to maintain, and have more to lose if someone complains about how they behave.

A reliable website should have a privacy policy which tells you how the information that the site collects about you is used, shared and protected. On the basis of the information in the privacy policy, you should be able to decide whether or not to give information about yourself to the site. You will usually find policies at the bottom or top of the site's home page.

From the privacy policy you should be able to decide whether or not to give information about yourself to the site. However, it is important to remember that privacy policies can be faked, so although you should always look for one, it’s not necessarily a fool proof way of knowing that a site is reliable enough to give your information to.

If you are not sure, ask your parents or carers, they may have a family email address that you could use instead of your own.

Remember your personal information (email, home address, mobile number, photos of yourself and your friends, etc) is of great value to companies and individuals on the internet. Treat these details with care, and always question why you are being asked for this information.

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