Internet Safety

Avoiding Predators

How to Avoid Online Predators:

  1. Talk with your child about the potential dangers of online child predators.
  2. Spend time together when your child is online to become familiar with your child’s online habits.
  3. Arrange the computers in your home so that the screen is visible to other members of the family.
  4. Encourage your child to tell you if he or she is ever made uncomfortable or scared by something experienced online.
  5. Make sure you have the user names, passwords, and other information needed to review any of your child’s online activities.
  6. Occasionally review your child’s online activities, including the contents of any online accounts.
  7. Occasionally review your child’s use of offline communications such as telephones, cell phones, and regular mail.
  8. Make sure your child understands your family’s rules for being online, and that the rules apply at home and away from home.
  9. Closely supervise any risky online activities such as chat rooms, file sharing, and webcams.
  10. Immediately report suspected child predators to the appropriate law enforcement organization.

For more information, visit: Cyber Bully Alert

When Social Networking:

  1. Posting online- Most sites allow you to create a profile yourself. This can be seen by thousands of people and not everyone will agree with you. Think about what you are posting before you do-would it be embarrassing in real life? What if your boss or parents saw it? Would it be appropriate?
  2. Being Cautious- Don’t reveal you address, telephone number, where you work or your date of birth. Be careful about posting personal details.
  3. Privacy Settings- start at the highest security setting so you feel secure. Set up your account as visible only to the people you want to have access to it.