The internet can be a wealth of knowledge for kids.

It can be used for school work, for curious minds to find answers

and now, more than ever, as a way to connect with friends.

While it can be fun, the internet can also be dangerous so it

is important to talk to your child about safe internet habits.

Your child should never, under any circumstances

exchange any personal information with someone they

meet online. Keeping the computer in a common

area is an easy way to help monitor what your child is

searching. Phones and tablets should also be used in a

common area. Sit with your child and teach them about

appropriate sites and behavior. Creating bookmarks of

your child’s favorite sites is a great way to help them

navigate to safe sites. Monitor phone and credit card

bills for any unusual charges.

Some common signs that your child may be targeted

by an online predator is more time spent online, phone

calls, withdraw from family life and your child hiding

the phone or turning the computer off when you walk

into a room. Talk with your child about speaking up if

someone makes them feel uncomfortable and remind

them that people will often lie to obtain personal information.

They need to understand why it is important to

never give out personal information to strangers such as

addresses and passwords.

There are online tools for caregivers to set up alerts,

parent control options and block certain sites. By taking

a few simple steps, you can ensure your child uses the

internet for safe fun, entertainment and to connect with

family and friends.


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