Online Safety: Basics for Parents

You Don’t Have to be a Computer Expert to Keep Your Child Safe Online

As parents, we want our children to be safe and responsible while using technology. We will have succeeded when each child can recognize and minimize the three main risks associated with all connected technology (i.e., iPods, instant messaging, chat, computer games, game consoles, cell phones, text messaging, webcams).

Three Main Risks Associated with all Connected Technology

  • Inappropriate Contact–Teach kids how to recognize and protect themselves against contact with cyber-bullies, hackers, phishers, and predators. People aren’t always who they say they are. Teach kids to keep away from Internet strangers: the Internet is a place to enhance existing relationships, not a place to meet new people.
  • Inappropriate Content–This includes both content that is viewed and content that is uploaded by kids. Help kids understand that the Internet is forever: everything they post online is tracked and stored and will follow them to future job interviews and college entrance interviews.
  • Inappropriate Conduct– Because the web environment can feel anonymous, some youth become disinhibited. Teach kids that the Internet is a public forum: anonymity is a myth. Help them be the good person online that they are when they’re off line.

Keep Current, Keep Communicating, Keep Checking

Once children understand the core risks, these three simple guidelines will help parents provide a safe and healthy experience online.

  • Keep Current with technology. You don’t have to be an expert, but a little understanding goes a long way towards keeping your child safe online. Get basic technical training and learn about new products as they’re released.
  • Keep Communicating with your children about everything they experience on the Internet. Know their lingo, and ask when you don’t understand something. Work to keep communication lines open.
  • Keep Checking your children’s Internet activity. Know where they go online. Let them know that you’ll keep checking because you want them to understand that the Internet is a public forum and never truly private.

INTERNET SAFETY TIPS

Online Shopping & Banking
10 Tips to Safer Shopping
Avoiding Internet Crooks
Bank Online Safely
Benefits of E-books
Identity Theft Rights
Identity Theft Tax Scams
Online Auction Sites
Online Classifieds - Buying
Online Classifieds - Selling
Secure Social Engineering
Digital Family Life
Addictions and ADHD
Betrayal Online
Child Online Privacy
Children & Anorexia
Children & Inappropriate YouTube Videos
Children and Internet Advertising
Children's Photos Online
Cyberbullying Tips
Dating Online Safely
Digital Dating
Digital Literacy
Family Time
Healthy Digital Family Life
High Risk Behaviors
Impact On Children
Internet Gambling
Internet Pornography
Kids & Online Gaming
Kids Posting on YouTube
Kids’ Mobile Apps
Make Money Websites
Online Gaming & Children
Online Quizzes & Surveys
Oversharing Information Online
Protecting from Predators
Read the Fine Print
Respect Online
Risky Behavior
Safe Online Photo Sharing
Safety & Social Networks
Social Networking and Friction
Teaching Privacy
Teen Asking for Validation?
Too Much Time Online
Video Games
PC Security
Argument with a troll
Block Pornography
Bots, Botnets And Zombies
Coupon Safety
Safe Linking & Attachments
Safe URLs
Search & Collected Info
Search vs Research
Secure Websites
What is Antivirus?
What is Phishing?
Getting Started
Beginners Tips
Email Hacking
Identify Theft
Malicious Software
Organize Net News
Sending Email
Strong Passwords
Technology Overload
Cyberbullying & Online Predators
Bullying
Cyberbullied
Cyberbullying Help
Cyberincident Response
Family Blogging
Harassed Online
Online Predators
Online Safety
Recognize a Cyberbully
Report Cyberbullying to Police
Report Cyberbullying to Schools
Safety: Pornography
Mobile Security
Cell Phone & Driving
Cell Phone Theft
Mobile Law Enforcement
Mobile Protection
Mobile Sexting
Parents & Cell Phones
Sexting
Tweets Archived
Ethics & Legal
Cheating & Technology
Cite Sources and Avoid Plagiarism
Download Music & Videos
Ethics
Facebook Passwords
Internet Addiction
Internet Content Copyrights
Kids & Impersonation
Netiquette
Online Impersonation
Societal Digital Piracy Costs
Managing your Online Reputation
Online Reputation
Protect Your Online Content
Protecting Privacy on Google
Teens & Reputation