The Internet can be a scary place for parents to let their kid enter. Who am I kidding. You all know. Google search one innocent seeming thing and you might get a few gross images. Online bullying is also huge. I know someone in my own family that was bullied on social media sites and via text messages. Technology, while wonderful, can also be a really tough thing to navigate for kids.
Here are five Internet safety tips for children. These are safety guidelines that all parents should talk with children about. I plan to have these talks with my daughter when the time comes. (Tips: National Children’s Advocacy Center)
1. Never let children post personal information (phone number, address, travel dates, location) on social networks.
2. Never respond to mean or rude texts, emails or messages. Ignore the message, and tell an adult immediately.
3. NEVER share your password to anyone, not even best friend. Change passwords every month.
4. Use the privacy setting on social networks.
5. Do not download or install software on your computer or phone without asking an adult first.
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