Tips to protect your kids online

Have open, honest discussions with your child about online safety and responsibility.

Sign An Internet Safety Contract

Define the rules for being online. Create and discuss an Internet Safety Contract with your child and sign it with them.

Position The Computer In An Open Area

Keep the computer in a centralized location. You will know when your child is online.

Keep Personal Information Private

Help your children understand they should never give personal information or send personal materials on the Internet. This includes address, telephone numbers, names and locations of their school, their parent’s names or photographs.

Secret Online Names

Children should have genderneutral online names to protect their real name and identity. Report Suspicious Activity Tell your children to alert you when they come across anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. Children should never respond to messages or posts that are sexually obscene or threatening. Contact the Internet service provider to report any suspicious activity.

Beware Of Strangers

Remind children that not everyone online is who they say they are. It’s okay to be suspicious.

Say No To Meeting Offline

Kids should never, under any circumstances, agree to meet face-to-face with strangers they meet online.

Internet Filtering Software

Invest in Internet Filtering Software. This allows you to view where your child is going online, with whom they are talking, and what they are saying.