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Internet Safety Tips:

We are all connected in infinitely more ways than we were even just a few years ago. In addition to all the benefits technology and connectivity can bring to our lives, it can also be an avenue for criminals to exploit. Computer hacking, email phishing, identity theft and online scams are all modern concerns for anyone with an internet connection and an email account. With the “world-wide” web, the criminal element can operate from anywhere in the world and has access to your front door. Educating yourself is one of the best ways to avoid falling victim to internet- or technology-based crime.

Youth, especially, have embraced new technologies such as text/instant messaging, social networking applications, online gaming and digital cameras to share information and connect with friends. However, without proper guidance and supervision, these types of communication technologies can be dangerous to a child’s physical and psychological well-being. These applications and technologies are portals offering anyone direct contact with your kids, pre-teens and teenagers. Educating yourself to the potential dangers is again key to keeping your kids safe.

Helpful Tips and Links:

  1. Spend time having fun with your parents online and helping them understand technology!
  2. Never post your personal information, such as a cell phone number, home number, home address, or your location on any social networking site or through mobile apps like Snapchat or Instagram.
  3. Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on the internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents or guardian right away. Some people may not be who they say they are.
  4. Check with your parents before you post pictures of yourself or others online. Do not post inappropriate pictures of anyone.
  5. Never respond to mean or rude texts, messages, and e-mails. Delete any unwanted messages. You may need to delete friends who continuously bother you or post things that are not appropriate.
  6. NEVER share your password with anyone, including your best friend. The only people who should know your password are your parents or guardian.
  7. If you wouldn’t say something to another person’s face, don’t text it or post it online.
  8. Do not download or install software or anything on your computer or cell phone before checking with your parents or guardian.
  9. Use the privacy settings of social networking sites.
  10. If anything makes you feel uncomfortable online, while gaming or when using your cell phone, talk with your parents or guardian right away.

Source: Netwsmartz.org and safekids.com.

Resources for Information On Internet Safety for Kids

https://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/home

http://www.safekids.com/kids-rules-for-online-safety/

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/protecting-kids-online

Resources for Information On Internet Safety for Teens

https://www.connectsafely.org

https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/internet-safety.html

Videos

commonsensemedia.org/videos/5-internet-safety-tips-for-kids

commonsensemedia.org/videos/5-consejos-para-la-seguridad-de-los-ninos-en-internet

Family Media Agreement

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