The internet has become part of our daily lives. In many ways, it makes our lives easier-we can go online
to research a school project, to go shopping, or to talk to friends. But the internet can be dangerous
too. Here’s how you can stay safe online:
What you do online stays online forever and in most cases, anyone can see it. That’s like putting
something on a bulletin board at the mall that can never come off!
Do Not put personal information online; first or last name, address, town, phone number, age,
date of birth, pictures, etc.
If you talk to people online, remember, they might not be who they say they are!
If something happens online that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell a trusted adult
immediately (your parents, a teacher, etc.)
The internet can be a positive force in your child’s life-ifhe/she is properly supervised. The internet is
like a mall that never closes; would you leave your child there for hours on end with no supervision?
Probably not. The internet should be treated in the same way.
Keep your home computer in a public place: the kitchen, family room, etc. Do not allow your
child to keep a computer in his/her bedroom, where it will be harder to see what your child is
Remember, the internet can be accessed with a cell phone and through video games (computer
games, Xbox, Wii).
Communicate with your child about what they are doing online. If something inappropriate
does happen, they will be more likely to tell you.
The internet can be a positive force in all our lives by following these simple strategies. For more information, click the link below for the Internet Safety brochure: