Internet Safety for Kids

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WHAT CAN YOU, AS A PARENT, DO FOR YOUR CHILD(REN)?

Please take the time to follow some simple steps below to help safeguard their Internet experience.

  • Place your computer in the family room or another open area of your home, or use the computer together at the library. 
  • Establish clear ground rules for Internet use for your kids. Decide whether or not to use parental control tools or protective software. 
  • Take the time to see what your kids are doing online and what their interests are. 
  • Teach kids never to give out their personal information to people they meet online, especially in public places like chat rooms and bulletin boards. 
  • Tell your children not to respond when they receive offensive or dangerous email, chat, or other communications.
  • Instruct your child never to plan a face-to-face meeting alone with online acquaintances.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

In this day and age, it's more important than ever to make sure that kids stay safe on the Internet. The Internet is a great resource for finding information, but it's important that kids and parents are aware of the potential dangers. 

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Activities

Be Internet Awesome (Google)

Safe Online Surfing (FBI Safe Online Surfing course)

Resources:

National Crime Prevention Council (Internet Safety)

Common Sense Media (Online Safety)

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (KidSmartz)

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NetSmartz)

Federal Trade Commission  (Protecting Kids Online)

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) (Stop. Think. Connect. Tookit)

CISA (4 Things You Can Do To Keep Yourself Cyber Safe)

Internet Matters

Federal Communications Commission (Internet Safety Tips)

Federal Trade Commission  (Chatting with Kids About Being Online)

Consumer Notice (Internet Safety for Kids)

Safety Tips to Remember When Using the Internet:

  • Don't give anyone your password, name, address, the name of your school or any information about your family. 
  • Don't talk to strangers on the Internet.
  • Don't agree to meet in person anyone that you met online. 
  • Don't fill in a profile that asks for your name and address.
  • Don't visit a chat room without an adult/parent supervision. 
  • Don't post pictures of yourself without your parents' permission. 
  • Don't download or install anything on your computer without your parents' permission. 
  • If you have any questions about something you read, ask your parent or guardian.
  • If you are chatting with someone online and they make you feel uncomfortable, remember, you don't have to respond. 
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