Online Safety by: Meg Miller

Use what you already know! You were told not to talk to strangers when you were a kid, so have your kids follow that online as well.

Make sure that they are not sending or receiving cruel messages. They are hurtful to everyone and could endanger someone's life.

Make sure your child's accounts are private. This makes it so that no one your child does not know can follow them or see what they post.

If someone you do not know requests to follow your child, block them if necessary.

Let your kids know that you are available to talk with them and give them advice. Make sure they know they can talk to you and feel comfortable doing it.

Tell your child to turn location services off on their posted pictures. If you constantly post about where you are, where you are going, etc., you could be a target out in public, or someone could come to your house. Inform your child of what could happen in these situations.

If you feel that it is necessary, keep your computer in a central location where you are able to monitor what your child is doing.

Allow your kids more access as they get older so they can see that you trust them with their abilities to make good choices. It allows them to implement what you have taught them and go out into the world knowing what to do.

Here are some statistics about internet safety on such topics as cyberbullying

and overall statistics

And, here are a couple of videos about safety online that you may want to show your kids.

CITATIONS

  • http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/internet-safety.html
  • http://www.netsmartz.org/InternetSafety
  • http://www.safekids.com/kids-rules-for-online-safety/
  • https://www.nypl.org/help/about-nypl/legal-notices/internet-safety-tips
  • http://www.scoopify.org/top-30-cyber-bullying-statistics/
  • https://nobullying.com/internet-safety-statistics/
  • http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/net-safety.html

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