National Recognition

TIPS TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE WHILE ONLINE

  • Keep computers in a common area of the home so you can monitor your child's online activities.
  • Encourage your child to use nicknames rather than his or her real name when online.
  • Tell your child to be careful when posing for pictures or videos.
  • Remind your children that anything they post can be viewed by potentially millions of people.
  • Teach your child to think about what he or she is posting before doing so.
  • Tell your child it's never okay to meet someone he or she has met only online.
  • Teach your children to keep identifying information about themselves off of their blogs, social networking profiles, and photos.
  • Learn about the social networking sites your child uses; if he or she has a MySpace page, learn how to use MySpace.
  • Teach your children to set their personal settings on social networking sites to "private" and make sure they "friend" you.
  • Be engaged and communicate with your child; let him or her know that you will check their computer history and text messages or even Google their names.
  • Tell your child to keep passwords secret.
  • Watch your child for signs of cyber bullying.
  • If your child is being cyber bullied, save all evidence, including emails and text messages.
  • Tell your children to talk to an adult if they are being cyber bullied.
  • Remind your children to treat others the way they would like to be treated.
  • If your child knows someone who is being cyber bullied, encourage him or her to reach out and help the person.
  • Teach your child not to forward photos that may be embarrassing or hurtful to others.
  • Talk with your child and create a relationship of trust.

The information in the articles listed above is extracted from contemporary safety literature. The original sources are available upon request.

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