Internet Safety | Parents

  • Be Involved - Know the online environments your children are a part of.  Take time to surf the Internet with them.  Show interest in what they do and who they interact with online.  Use online situations as teachable moments and demonstrate the correct way to handle them.
  • Support Positive Choices - Allow your child more freedom online as they demonstrate responsibility.  Reward their good decision making when they can show competence in safe and secure online behavior.
  • Help Them Think Critically - Show your children how to identify credible, accurate online information.  Teach them to be careful with the content they share, post or download.
  • Explain the Consequences - The Internet is public and all digital information shared can be taken.  Help them understand that things they share online can affect reputation, friendships, and even future employment opportunities.
  • Empower Your Children to Handle Issues - Work with your child(ren) on strategies to handle bullying, unwanted contact, or hurtful comments should they arise.  Be sure they have a plan to deal with such issues like not retaliating, blocking the person, telling an adult, or filing a complaint.
  • Encourage Your Children to be Digital Leaders - Help them to master the safe and secure techniques of using online digital resources.  Support them in their safe interactions in online communities.  Encourage them to help others make good, safe choices.
  • Hold Your Child(ren) Accountable - Ask your child(ren) to sign an Internet Safety Pledge after talking about being safe online.