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Online Safety

Tips to protect your kids online

It is so important to talk to your kids about online safety. They should know what things to share and what is a red flag. Here are a few tips that your child should understand.

  • Do not give out personal information such as address, phone number, parent's work address/phone without your parents permission.

  • Tell your parents right away, if you come across something that makes you feel uncomfortable.

  • Never agree to get together with someone you meet online without first checking with your parents. If your parents agree to the meeting, make sure it's in a public place or bring a parent.

  • Talk to your parents about posting pictures of others or yourself online and do not post any pictures your parents would consider inappropriate.

  • Do not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make you feel uncomfortable. It is not your fault if you get messages like that. If you do, tell you parents. 

  • Parents, set up rules with your kids. Decide upon the time of day that your kids can be online, the length of time they can be online and appropriate areas they can visit.

  • Do not give your passwords out to anyone (even your best friends) other than your parents.

  • Check with your parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly harm your computer or mobile devise or jeopardize your family's privacy.