Tips for Students
As a student, the internet is a large and important part of your life. Just like wearing a helmet to protect you on a bicycle, learn these tips to protect you as you interact with the World Wide Web.
- Never list your home address or home phone number.
- Be careful about who you allow to access to your personal information; make sure you know the person outside of the internet before granting them access.
- Do not send pictures or personal information to someone you do not know, even if they seem like a nice person.
- People you do not know on the internet are the same as people you do not know in real life. If you would not talk to a stranger walking down the street, why would you talk to them online?
- If someone sends you inappropriate messages or makes you feel uncomfortable, tell your parents and they can contact the appropriate authorities.
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Tips for Parents
As a parent, keeping your child safe is a top priority. As your children become more involved with the internet, keep these tips in mind to keep your child safe.
- Create a list of rules regarding your child’s internet use: what they can and cannot post, how much time they are allowed to spend on the computer, and what websites they can visit.
- Enlist the help of parental controls built into popular web browsers and software so that your child can only access websites that you deem appropriate.
- Check your computer’s history to see where your child spends most of their time while online.
- Talk to your child about being safe online. Remind them that not everyone is who they say they are and that the internet can be dangerous if not used properly.
- Encourage your child to come to you immediately if they ever encounter anything inappropriate or unsettling on the internet.
- If your child is ever solicited or made uncomfortable by inappropriate behavior online, contact your local District Attorney and Sheriff’s office.
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