Internet Safety

Internet Safety


Helen Blowers
Helen Blowers
Internet Safety

The Internet can be a wonderful place to learn, shop, play games, and talk to your friends. Unfortunately, there are also predators, identity thieves, and others online who may try to harm you. In order to be safe online, it’s important for you and your kids to be aware of the dangers.

Many kids and teenagers are confident that they know how to be safe online. However, there are a few reasons they are often more at risk. They may not always think about the consequences of their actions, which can cause them to share too much information about themselves. Kids/Teenagers also are sometimes specifically targeted by cyber bullies or predators.

If you’re a parent or guardian, you can help to keep your children safe by talking to them about their Internet use, teaching them about online dangers, and learning everything you can about the Internet so you can make informed decisions.

Below are some general tips you can use when teaching your kids about online safety:

Learn everything you can about the Internet. Being familiar with the Internet will not only help you understand the risks, but it will also help you talk to your kids.

Set standards for what your kids can and cannot do online. It’s important to make rules for your kids so they know what’s expected of them. Don’t wait until something bad happens to start creating guidelines.

Teach your kids to keep personal information private. It’s usually a bad idea to post personal information online such as phone numbers, addresses, and credit cards. If criminals gain access to this information, they can use it to harm you or your family.

Teach your kids to use social networking sites safely. Sites like Facebook allow kids—and adults—to share photos and videos of themselves, as well as have conversations with friends and strangers. If your kids share something with friends, it’s still possible for it to get into the wrong hands. Generally, they should only post something online if they’re comfortable with everyone in the world seeing it.

-Encourage your kids to come to you if they encounter a problem. If your child gets into trouble online, you’ll want him or her to come to you instead of hiding it. Keep in mind that your kids could accidentally encounter a bad site, even if they’re doing everything right.

-Talk to your kids about Internet use. Talk to your kids regularly about how they use the Internet. If they’re in the habit of talking to you about the Internet, they’ll be more willing to come to you if there’s a problem.

Let’s all teach our children about Internet Safety so they can always be protected.

 

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