Internet Safety
  1. Exposure to inappropriate material of a sexual or violent nature.
  2. Physical molestation: while online a child might provide information and arrange an encounter with pedophiles that could risk his/her safety.
  3. Harassment: A child may encounter email or bulletin board messages that are harassing, demeaning, or belligerent.

While children need a certain amount of privacy, they also need parental involvement. Most online services allow parents to limit their children’s access to certain services and adult-oriented chat and bulletin boards.

An interactive website with 3-D activities to teach kids how to stay safe on the internet. This educational safety resource is from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)

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Safety Tips For Kids & Teens

  • Never give out personal information to anyone you meet online.
  • Never meet in person with anyone you don’t already know. People are often not who they say they are.
  • Do not fill out any “fun” questionnaires that are forwarded to you, even if they’re from your friends.
  • Know everyone on your “friends” list.
  • There’s no such thing as “private” on the internet. People can keep what you post forever.
  • Do not answer emails or instant messages from people you don’t know.
  • Be careful about posting pictures of yourself or other people.
  • Do not download content without your parents’ permission.
  • Never share your password with anyone but your parents.

(from Common Sense Media)

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