First Day On The Internet Kid - The Top Ten Memes

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What is the First Day on the Internet Kid?

If you've been on the Web for any length of time, you're probably familiar with memes,  a phenomenon, fad, sensation, rumor, image, joke, or oddity that gets passed around quickly to large numbers of people; this can be via email, word of mouth, blogs, Web sites, chat, pretty much any kind of Web communication.

Memes are wildly popular, especially images. People take an image, put text on it, and share it via social platforms and forums. In this fashion a meme can be shared hundreds of thousands of times; the same image but with different text, purely up to the creativity of the user. 

One of the more enduring memes in the last few years has been First Day On The Internet Kid. The meme image is of a pre-teen boy looking at a computer and raising his arms in the air with excitement; this was a stock image found on stock photography sites that was turned into a meme showcasing the subject as an inexperienced Internet user. 

Many of the memes focused on the First Day On The Internet Kid poke gentle fun at Internet users who are unfamiliar with Web basics such as email, keeping yourself safe online, and avoiding common hoaxes. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the most popular First Day On The Internet Kid memes. 

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Trolling for Attention

 While the Web has brought people from all over the world together in many wonderful ways, there are also people that take advantage of other people's kindness and generosity to scam them out of attention, money, and efforts. A very good example of this are people who actually pretend to have some sort of sickness in order to get attention from other people online; you might have seen someone asking for Facebook "likes" or Twitter "retweets" in order to get treatment for a family member or someone they know. No reputable medical institution would ever ask for social media help in order to treat a patient, and these cries for attention are crafted carefully to prey on the gullible. 

Related: How To Avoid Internet Hoaxes

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Too Good To Be True

If something sounds too good to be true in real life, we use our common sense to deduce that it probably actually is too good to be true. However, sometimes we let our common sense take a back seat while online and fall for things that we really shouldn't, like dating websites that promise the moon for very little in return. 

Related: How to Stay Safe Online

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Mail Forwards

 Remember chain letters that threatened something awful would happen to you if you didn't do whatever it asked you to do? Email forwards are the modern day equivalent of these silly scams; basically, you get an email that promises you health, wealth, and security if you would only forward it to your five closest friends. Unfortunately, the path to these things isn't quite that easy; however, many people send on email forwards without a second thought to how annoying these are to the receivers. 

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Avoid Suspicious Emails

 Ever gotten an email from someone whom you don't recognize with a weird header? Many times these are emails that contain malicious software that once opened will attach to your contact list, send emails on your behalf, or worse. It's best to screen emails carefully and make sure that your passwords are secure so this kind of thing doesn't happen. 

Related: Ten Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online

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Another case of too good to be true

 Unfortunately, while you might actually be the one millionth visitor to a website, they are not planning on sending you any sort of prizes, and you definitely should not give them any personal information if prompted to do so. 

Related: How Confident Are You About Your Safety Online? 

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Something for nothing

Sure, everyone would love to get an iPad for only .99, but applying logic to this situation we can probably understand that this is a situation that is pretty unrealistic.

Related: How to Keep Yourself Safe From Scams Online 

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Error reports to nowhere

A standard feature in most software programs is the built-in ability to send error reports to the parent developer or company in order to track problems. This is actually a very useful feature but doesn't necessarily pass on the usefulness immediately to the user. 

Related: Common Error Messages and What They Mean

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Spyware

One of the oldest scams online is an ad or download promising free spyware removal; usually what happens is they install a virus or spyware onto your computer. 

Related: What is a Phishing Scam? 

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Free virus scan scam

 Just like the spyware offer in the previous slide, a free virus scan is one of the oldest scams online. 

Related: How to Protect Yourself Online