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Internet Safety Tips for Parents
  • Teach your children NEVER give out personal information (full name, address, phone number, email).
  • Teach them not to give out their daily routine such as going to school everyday or what places they visit regularly (parks or stores).
  • Tell them not to send out a picture of themselves to their online “friends?without your permission.
  • Talk to your kids. Let them know that they can come to you if they are engaged in an online conversation that makes them uncomfortable.
  • Find chat rooms that are monitored or strictly focused on children.
  • If your teenager or preteen is using the computer periodically check what they are doing. They might not like it but it's your job to know what is going on to keep them safe.
  • Learn online lingo. Its easier for your child to get away with things if you don't know what they are talking about.

Internet Safety Tips for Kids
  • Not everyone you meet online is who they say they are. A 10 year old girl could really be a 40 year old man with bad intentions.
  • Do not enter chat rooms without your parents' supervision.
  • If you get an instant message that makes you feel uncomfortable DO NOT respond to it. Responding will only encourage the sender. Let your parents know immediately.
  • Never agree to meet a person you met online.
  • Choose a screen name (nickname) that does not give any personal information.

If you have preteens or teenagers, they are at an age where they might not need as much limitation as younger children. They know what the difference is between right and wrong, but they are still vulnerable to online predators.

Internet Safety Tips for Preteens & Teenagers
  • When posting profiles on social networks, do not include too much personal information. You don't want to make it easy for a stranger to find you.
  • Don't post entries or pictures that might come back to haunt you later on. If you don't want everyone to know something don't post it.
  • Never agree to meet a person you met online. Not everyone you meet is who they say they are, making it very dangerous to meet in person.
  • If you do agree to meet someone, meet the person in a public place where people will be around and tell someone where you are going and at what time.
  • The safest thing to do is to go with friends. Meeting with a crowd is better than going alone.