Tips for Online Safety
We recommend these tips to help keep your family safe online.
Keep computers in
a central place. It makes it easier for you to keep an eye on
your children’s activities.
where your kids go online. If you have young children, you may
want to navigate the Internet with them. For older kids, agree
on where they can and can't go before they log on. You can also
check where your kids have been by looking at the browser
history in your computer's web browser menu.
Internet Safety. It's impossible to monitor all online activity,
all the time. As kids get older, they need to know how to use
the Internet safely and responsibly when they're on their own.
passwords. It sounds obvious, but remind your kids not to give
out their online passwords and not to click on "remember me"
settings on public computers, like at school or at the library.
of stranger danger. Teach kids to avoid in-person meetings with
people they "meet" online, and not to share personal information
with online strangers because people may not be who they claim
kids to communicate responsibly. A good rule of thumb is: if you
wouldn't say it to someone's face, don't text it, email it,
instant message it, or post it as a comment on someone's page.
Many of today's most popular websites have easy-to-use tools
that let users flag inappropriate content that others post
online. It's important for kids to know how to flag
inappropriate content when they encounter it.
content critically. Just because you see it online, doesn't mean
it's true. Teach kids how to distinguish reliable sources from
unreliable ones and how to verify information they find online.
And make sure kids understand that cutting and pasting content
right from a website may be plagiarism, and plagiarism is