Online Safety


Internet safety tips for kids:

-- Don't give out personal information such as your address, telephone number or school name to anyone unless your parents say it's OK.


-- Never meet with internet friends unless your parents go with you.


-- Only use the internet when your parents tell you it's OK. Sometimes they have to set rules or limits that you may think are unfair, but they are just trying to keep you safe. 


-- Don't answer emails or messages from someone you don't know. If you get an email or message that makes you uncomfortable, show a parent or teacher right away. 


-- Social networking is a fun way to keep in touch with friends, but be careful about friending someone you don't know. People on the internet often aren't who they appear to be. Even a profile picture could be of someone else. 


-- Never share your passwords with anyone other than your parents. 


-- Don't post pictures of yourself (or others) without asking your parents first. 


Internet Safety Tips for Parents:

-- Keep the computer in a common area at home so you can keep an eye on what your children are doing while they are online. 


-- Surf the internet with your children so you can see what kinds of websites they like to visit. 


-- Set limits for when your kids are allowed to use the internet, and enforce those limits. If you decide to allow your child to utilize social networking sites, such as Facebook, set up their account for them so you can be in charge of the password and privacy settings. You might also keep their password information secret so they can only log in when you do it for them.


--  Be aware that kids today are very tech-savvy. They may be able to re-enable the webcam that you disabled, or use mobile devices such as e-readers to access the internet. 


 NetSmartz logo The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created NetSmartz to teach kids how to be safer both on- and off-line. Featuring videos, games, activity cards and presentations there's information for kids 5-17, parents and guardians, and educators.