A Student's Guide to Safe Surfing

Ride the waves of the internet safely and responsibly!

Watch out for sharks!

The Internet is a big ocean, with LOTS of different types of creatures. When sharks see something they like, they'll start to circle before they attack. There might be people online who are watching you, waiting for the right time to get you to do something you don't want to do. Make sure you are always on the lookout for these sharks. Use your computer or device's safety features to block unwanted content. Many Internet service providers provide this service to filter sites or chat rooms where sites that kids visit can be monitored and tracked. Never give out any information without discussing it with an adult first, and keep your computer in a common area so adults can monitor activity. Before you feel like you might be bit by a shark, talk to your parents!

Beware of Sirens

Sirens are beautiful mythical creatures who lured sailors to their death through their enchanting music. Sailors learned too late that they were falling into a trap. The National Cyber Security Alliance has developed a program titled, "Stop. Think. Connect." This program is designed to teach Internet users to stop and understand the risks of using the Internet first. By understanding the risks, you will need to think and watch for any warning signs that there could be trouble ahead. Think about how things will impact the safety of yourself, your family, or your friends. Know who you're talking to and what you are searching for. Connect to the Internet knowing that you have prepared yourself for the unknown. Don't be lured to your death! Besides...those beautiful Sirens may not actually be Sirens at all...

Be Mindful of Other Surfers

Surfers should always use the "Buddy Rule," which means that there should always be at least two surfers in the water at all times in case something happens. They look out for each other. The Internet is a big ocean; treat others how you would like to be treated. Don't gossip about or bully another person. Kids can lie about their age to join different social media groups; don't fall into the trap of getting into something before you are ready. Swim with the current and listen to your parents and teachers about the consequences of what happens if you don't think about other surfers.

Jellyfish Sting!

When jellyfish sting a human, it's their venom that causes so much pain. When someone is being a Cyberbully, they use words or actions to inflict pain. Cyberbullying can happen at any time, mostly through social media. Beware of the Sirens; the ability to post things online anonymously can make it difficult to track down the source of the bullying. It is important to keep an open dialogue with parents or teachers if you or someone you know is being Cyberbubullied, because in some cases, the result of someone being Cyberbullied is much worse than just a jellyfish sting.

Safety on the Web

This flyer was designed by Kevin Deissler for the EDTECH 541 course at Boise State University. Please see my website for references.