Tips for Online Safety
Be Cyber Smart
- Talk to your child about Internet Safety and why it's important.
- Remind your child never to give out personal information such as home address, school name, or telephone number to strangers on the Internet or in a public message such as chat room or bulletin boards.
- Be sure you're dealing with someone that both you and your child know and trust before giving it out information via email.
- Think carefully before revealing any personal information such as age, marital status, or financial information.
- Get to know the websites and online games your child utilizes and what kind of information they have access to.
- Get to know your child's "online" friends.
- Encourage your child to notify you if they feel uncomfortable with anything they are exposed to online.
- Consider placing computers in an open area in your home, such as the family room, where it can be easily accessible to everyone in the home.
- Set reasonable rules and guidelines for computer use. Discuss these rules and they can be posted near the computer to remind them of what is expected.
- If you become aware of the transmission, use, or viewing anything suspicious while online, immediately report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by calling 1-800-843-5678 or visiting the CyberTipLine online and notify the online service/website.
Helpful Internet Safety Sites:
These site provide information on Internet Safety you may utilize to find more information or use while discussing with your child: