December 2018

Tips for Internet Safety

Students have been learning during the Second Step block about ways to be safe including: recognize (Think about whether it is safe?), refuse (Say no) and report (Tell an adult).  You can use these same strategies when talking to your child about the internet. It’s important to have regular conversations with your child about what they see and are doing online.

Some tips for starting the conversations:

  • Start a conversation when your children will be more receptive and engaged

  • Ask them for advice on how to do something online and use this as a conversation starter

  • Make sure they know they can come to you if they’re upset by something they’ve seen online

  • If your child talks about an issue with you stay calm and listen without judging

Some important rules to talk about with your child include:

  • Don’t share personal information online

  • Only talk to real life friends and family

  • Explain that people you meet online may not be who they say they are

  • Use secure and legal sites

  • Make sure they check with you before downloading any programs

For more information, you can check out:

https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/6-10/