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Internet Safety

Tips and guidelines for parents and students about internet safety.

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The Internet has opened up a virtual world of information for anyone with a computer and an on-line connection. Children not only learn about computers, but are able to access more information from more sources more quickly than from any other medium. With a little bit of planning and appropriate adult supervision, children can explore and learn while minimizing, or eliminating the dangers of being abused or exploited.

Internet Safety Tips for Parents

Establish rules for Internet use:

  • What sites can your child visit?
  • Who can they talk to?
  • How long will they be on line?
  • Where can they use a computer? 

Keep computers in a common room:

  • Parent and guardian supervision can be an effective method of protecting children online

Stay informed:

  • Learn everything you can about the internet
  • Take an interest in learning what sites your kids visit
  • Learn some of the common language used in chatrooms

Research Parental Controls:

  • Learn about the available blocking, filtering, and parental controls for your computer and internet and when to use them

Internet Safety Tips for Students

Tell your parents when you are going online and talk to them about what you're doing online. If someone you don't know tries to arrange a meeting with you, immediately notify your parent or guardian.

Don't give out personal information, including:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Address and telephone number
  • Parent/guardian's name
  • School name
  • Passwords or other login information used online

Be careful when uploading photos:

  • Personal photos should not have revealing information, such as school names or locations
  • Look at the backgrounds of the pictures to make sure you are not giving out any identifying information without realizing it
  • The name of a mall, the license plate of your car, signs, or the name of your sports team on your jersey or clothing all contain information that can be used to determine your location

Make use of privacy settings on social networking sites:

  • Set it so that people can only be added as your friend if you approve it
  • Set it so that people can only view your profile if you have approved them as a friend

Don't post personal information about friends:

  • Remember that posting information about your friends could put them at risk