June is Internet Safety Month
When using digital means to connect and communicate we must know how to present ourselves in a safe and healthy way. Helping children learn to navigate on the internet is very important. Here are some do's and don’ts for when on devices:
- Don’t give out personal information such as home address, school name or phone number
- Keep your location private
- Never send pics to strangers
- Keep passwords private except for parents or a trusted adult
- Do not download anything without permission. It may contain a virus that could contaminate your device.
- Tell an adult if you receive a mean or strange message.
- Limit your friends to people you actually know.
- Important numbers need to be kept private –such as bank cards, social security numbers, etc.
- Help your children to set up strong passwords without any identifying information. The longer the password the harder to crack.
- For the parent or caregiver, continue to monitor your child’s online activity, frequent the online sites they visit and continue to have conversations about internet safety.
Internet Safety Information Sites
- Internet Safety | Boston Children's Hospital
- Internet Safety (for Parents) - Nemours KidsHealth.
- Keeping on top of Internet Safety | Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program
- Social Smarts and Internet Safety Guidelines – Children's Health
- Online Safety | Homeland Security
- Internet Safety for Children | Homeland Security
- Internet Safety Guide for Kids | SafeWise
- What Is Cyberbullying | StopBullying.gov
- Online grooming | Childnet