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Internet Safety Resources

 

 

Technology is constantly evolving. So are the risks associated with it. You can reduce these risks by talking to your kids about how they communicate --online and off --and encouraging them to think critically and act in a way they can be proud of.

 

 

Talking To Your Kids

 

Start early

As soon as your child starts using a phone, mobile device, or computer, it's time to talk to them about online behavior and safety.

Initiate Conversations

Even if your kids are comfortable approaching you, don't wait for them to start the conversation. Use everyday opportunities to talk to your kids about being online. 

Communicate your expectations

Communicating your values clearly can help your kids make smarter and more thoughtful decisions when they face tricky situations. Be specific about what is off limits and what you consider to be unacceptable behavior.

Be Patient and Supportive

Resist the urge to rush through these conversations with your kids. Most kids need to hear information repeated, in small doses, for it to sink in.

 

More Information

www.onguardonline.gov

www.internetsafetyconcepts.com

www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide