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Internet Safety & Cyberbullying

Keeping children safe on the Internet
is everyone’s job.

Online Safety Guide: Get Net Wise!

The Internet can be a wonderful resource for students. It can also be a dangerous place. Keeping your children safe has always been your top priority. Continue reading to see how you can keep your children safe online as well.

¸ Place the computer in a high traffic area, like the kitchen or family room, not in the child’s bedroom.
¸ Monitor your child’s Internet use consistently. This is not a violation of your child’s privacy; this is a parental responsibility to keep your child safe.
¸ Install blocking or filtering software to ensure your children don’t venture into areas they shouldn’t.
¸ Remind your children to tell a trusted adult if they see something that makes them feel frightened, uncomfortable, or perplexed.
¸ If you suspect your child is being stalked online or sexually exploited, report it to your local law enforcement agency immediately.
¸ If your child belongs to social networking sites like MySpace or Facebook, look closely at the information they have posted in their member profiles, including photos and videos.
¸ Explain to your kids that they should never give out personal information, including their name, age, address, phone number, name and address of the school they attend, their parents’ names, or their teachers’ names.
¸ Check your credit card statements each month for unusual charges that may indicate that a stranger or your child is making unauthorized purchases.
¸ Find out what computer safeguards are used in your child’s school, the public library, and most important, at their friends’ homes.

Remind your children to:

¸ Never open emails from someone they don’t know
¸ Never download pictures from an unknown source
¸ Never upload their photos or videos
¸ Never create online profiles
¸ Never respond to a rude or offensive email, instant message or posting
¸ Never meet anyone online without their parents present

So, kids…to practice internet safety, there are some very important things that you need to keep in mind when you’re on your computer at home or at school.

  • First, remember never to give out personal information such as your name, home address, school name, or telephone number in a chat room or on bulletin boards. Also, never send a picture of yourself to someone you chat with on the computer without your parent’s permission.
  • Never write to someone who has made you feel uncomfortable or scared.
  • Do not meet someone or have them visit you without the permission of your parents.
  • Tell your parents right away if you read anything on the Internet that makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Remember that people online may not be who they say they are. Someone who says that “she” is a “12-year-old girl” could really be an older man.
  • Download, Print Read & Sign the School Acceptable Use Policy and Internet Safety Pledge. Don’t forget to have your parent(s) read and sign it, too.

Safety Advice

(from SafeKids.com)

Tips from ConnectSafely.org



NetSmartz Workshop Links:

Tracking Teresa
Even though Teresa has tried not to reveal personal information online, she’s left enough clues that she could find herself in danger.

Cyberbullying: Feathers in the Wind (Part 1 of 3)
Cyberbullying is the use of the Internet to harass or bully others. Watch our new series and discuss with teens what they can do to avoid becoming a victim or victimizing someone else.

Cyberbullying: You Can’t Take It Back (Part 2 of 3)
A teen regrets his participation on a web site created to rate others at his school.

Cyberbullying: Broken Friendship (Part 3 of 3)
A friendship is broken when a teen gives her best friend’s password to some other girls at school.

Amy’s Choice
Hear the true story of a 15-year-old girl who left home to meet in person with a man she first “met” online. Read “Amy’s Story” — the story from her mother’s perspective.


Treasure Hunts

PBS Get Your Web License

NetSmartz For Kids

NetSmartz For Teens

NetSmartz For Parents

CyberSmart For Kids

FBI: A Parent’s Guide To Online Safety


The Librarian’s Guide To Internet Safety For Parents & Kids




Yahooligans! Parents’ Guide


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