Internet Safety Tips

Web Safety For Kids offers safety tips that are important for all children to know to avoid and resist Internet predators.

Discuss this and family rules with your children to help them understand the importance of caution when surfing the net or participating in chatrooms, social networking sites, and other sites of social communications.

  1. Do not give out personal information
  2. If you receive information you do not understand or makes you feel uncomfortable inform your parents or teacher.
  3. Never meet someone face – to – face (FTF) that you have met on the Internet or have them visit you.
  4. Never send a photo of yourself or your family to a person you have met on the Internet.
  5. If you receive an instant message (IM) or an email that you are uncomfortable with , inform a parent.
  6. Have a family meeting to set rules for the computer and Internet use.
  7. Do not choose a password that a person could guess. Such as your pet’s name, your favorite band or sport team.
  8. Except for your parents, never give out your password – even to your best friend.
  9. Make sure you personally know everyone on your buddy list or in your network.
  10. Privacy and the Internet do not go hand in hand. If someone is persistent, they can find anything they want – keep what you posted – FOREVER.
  11. Be a netizen = a good online citizen.
  12. Do not do anything that could cost money unless you receive parental permission.
  13. Do not fill out information to win something for free.
  14. Do not click on pop-up ads. They might install spyware, adware, or malware on your computer.
  15. Do not believe everything you see or read on the web.
  16. Do not download or install pirated songs, movies, software, or video games.
  17. Inform an adult if someone harasses you or want to talk about sex.
  18. Be careful of strangers who try to turn against your family while promising to be your best friend. (BF)
  19. Remember people online may not be who they say they are. Someone who says they are 13 years old could really be a 43 year old.
  20. If you have not had a FACE – TO – FACE meeting with the person you have been communicating with online, then you DO NOT KNOW THAT PERSON.