Internet Safety Tips for Kids
With the kids home this summer there is a good chance they are using the internet more and more.
It seems like even the young kids are interested in being online — not necessarily on social media, but kids like watching YouTube videos or playing games against other people. It’s so important we teach our kids about the potential dangers lurking on the internet.
Here’s some great advice from the FBI about keeping our kids safe on the internet.
– NEVER give out personal information online including name, address, school name, telephone number in chat rooms or bulletin boards.
– NEVER send a picture to someone you do not know.
– NEVER write to someone who has made you feel uncomfortable or scared.
– DO NOT meet someone or have them visit you without your parent’s permission.
– TELL YOUR PARENTS right away if you read anything online that makes you uncomfortable
– REMEMBER people online may not be who they say they are. Someone who says “she” is a “12 year old girl” may be an older man.
Here are some other tips:
– When creating a screen name, do not include personal information like your last name or date of birth.
– Don’t share passwords with anyone but your parents.
– Make sure if you use a public computer, you logout of the accounts you have logged into.
– Don’t post photos or videos online without getting your parents permission
– Don’t buy anything online without your parents permission
– Do not download anything from an email attachment before talking with your parents. Some attachments contain viruses — never open an attachment from someone you don’t know.
– Do not send or respond to mean or insulting message. Let your parents know if you receive one.
It’s so important to teach our kids about the dangers of being online! Don’t take anything for granted!
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