The internet is an excellent resource for learning, sharing, creating, and playing, so long as it is used responsibly and safely.
It is as vital as ever to make sure kids are safe when using the internet in this digital world. With more and more kids having access to the internet with online learning, gaming, and streaming, it is essential that you are aware of the potential dangers that exist among the numerous benefits that the internet provides. The internet is an amazing resource for finding information, collaborating and communicating with friends, learning, and more -- so long as it is used responsibly and safely.
Here are some safety tips to remember when your kids are using the internet:
- Never give anyone your password, full name, home address, the name of your school, or any personal information about your family.
- Don’t talk to strangers on the internet like you wouldn’t talk to strangers on the street.
- Never agree to meet someone you’ve met online in person.
- Don’t visit a chat room without a parent’s / adult’s permission.
- Don’t fill in a profile that asks for your full name and home address.
- If you see something you think your parents won’t like, don’t stay online.
- Don’t post pictures of yourself without your parents’ permission.
- Be sure not to download or install anything on your computer without your parents’ permission.
- If you ever have a question about something you read or are unsure if the website you are on is safe, ask your parent or guardian.
- If you are talking to someone online and they make you uncomfortable or are bullying you, remember you don’t have to continue talking to them.
For more information about internet safety, check out Internet Matters Safety Guide. There you will find more information on social media platforms, cyber-bullying, recommended apps, and more.