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Last Updated: Tuesday November 15 2005 08:50 GMT

I learnt about internet safety with Bill Gates

Nazareth interviewed computer boss Bill Gates as part of an internet safety video being shown in 200 schools
Nazareth interviewed computer boss Bill Gates as part of an internet safety video being shown in over 200 schools during November.

It's part of a scheme called Get Safe Online, in which computer experts explain to pupils in England and Northern Ireland how to protect themselves from dangers such as e-mail bullying.

Packs being sent out to every UK secondary school also explain how to keep computers safe from viruses and other problems.

Here's Nazareth's report.

"I asked Bill Gates how young people could stay safe on the internet.

He replied with a really long speech about how hard it is for kids to keep up with the progress of technology.

But he also said there were ways of keeping safe like not giving out personal information, such as your name, photo, home address, e-mail address, phone number and school.

Safety tips

I would also say that it's important NOT to meet up with anyone you have only chatted with on the internet and not in real life. If you absolutely have to meet them, make sure you have an adult with you.

Don't download illegally. As well as running the risk of getting viruses, you can also be sued and made to pay a lot of money.

Ecstatic!

Bill Gates was a very good speaker and I was kind of nervous, shy and quiet when I met him.

We were videoed and it's now part of the presentation being shown in over 200 schools this month.

I can't wait. I'm ecstatic about it!

Nazareth interviewed computer boss Bill Gates as part of an internet safety video being shown in 200 schools
Internet police

As well as talking to people from Microsoft, like Bill Gates, I also met people from Childnet International and the Virtual Global Taskforce who are like internet police.

You can report e-mail bullying and that sort of thing to them through their website.

They're not just regular policemen. They know about computers and computer law, so you know they will know how to help you.

Viruses

I haven't encountered any problems myself but several of my friends have opened e-mails from addresses they didn't recognise and been given viruses.

I use a computer at home and at school. I didn't think about internet safety before, which is quite dangerous.

When I learned about the risks, I was kind of scared at first, but knowing how to protect myself has made me feel reassured as well."

Nazareth, 14, London


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