Internet Safety & Etiquette
The internet is a vast source of information. When your child learns to use the internet wisely, then it can be an infinite library with abundant resources. However, parents and families need to be aware of the potential dangers that this access could pose. Taking an active role in your child’s internet activities will help ensure that they benefit from the wealth of valuable information it offers and lessen the risk of potential dangers. Be sure to let your child know that you care about their safety and utilize this point as a conversation starter regarding internet monitoring, usage, safety, and etiquette.
Tips for Helping Your Child
The Center for Parenting Education has provided tips to support parents and families for the purpose of helping keep children safe in cyberspace.
- Become familiar with the sites and apps your child visits.
- Turn off all mobile devices at night.
- Spend time together online.
- Monitor your child’s use of social networking sites.
- Talk regularly with your child about internet use.
- Periodically check your child’s internet activity/usage.
- Set up and communicate clearly what the family rules are regarding internet use, such as:
- Limit the amount of “screen time” that is allowed
- Do not share any personal information online
- Never respond to a threatening email or message
- Never respond to someone you don’t know personally
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