Internet Safety

Information to help keep children safe online

Internet Safety Tips for Parents

  • Keep the computer in an area where you can keep an eye on what your child is doing on the internet such as the living room or kitchen.
  • Set rules on the what your child can do on the internet and how long your child is allowed to spend online.
  • Know what your child is doing online (games, social networks, etc.) and have access to any profiles they may have online.
  • Use tools such as the video below to help younger children understand how to stay safe on the internet and how to respect others online.

Internet Safety and netiquette tips for Children

  • Never give out personal information about yourself, family members, or friends online to anyone.
  • Do not share pictures of yourself with people online and get permission before posting a photo online from a parent or guardian.
  • Follow your instinct if something or someone makes you feel uneasy leave it alone or block them and notify an adult.
  • Keep your password a secret from anyone who is not your parent or guardian.
  • Never meet someone face-to-face that you met online and if someone is trying to get you to meet them let an adult know.
  • Never respond to comments that are mean or make you feel uncomfortable notify an adult.
  • Use a username that does not give to much away about you.
  • Avoid using all CAPS when you type it indicates shouting online.
  • Anything you write on the internet is public if you do want to keep it private or you only want some people do not post it online because it never goes away.
  • Choose your words carefully do not use rude offensive or rude language.
  • If a website requires personal information or credit card information do not get on it before talking to your parents and visiting the site.
  • Never accept gifts from someone online they may be trying to get personal information about you if someone does notify a parent right away
  • If you would not say it in person do not say it online be the same person you would be in person.
  • Set any profiles or accounts you have online to private so you can control who sees what you do online.
  • Lastly review the image below and the 5 SMART rules on how to stay safe online.

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Lesson plans for Teachers about Internet Safety


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"Kids, Parents & Schools: Protecting Families." Kids, Parents & Schools: Protecting Families - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Pennsylvania Office Of Attorney General, 2006. Web. 15 Sept. 2013.

"Scope & Sequence." Scope and Sequence. Common Sense Media - Non-Profit Organization, 2013. Web. 15 Sept. 2013.