Safety Tip of the Week: Internet Safety

The internet is a fascinating place that contains a wealth of information and lots of fun activities. There are also many hazards that people can encounter in cyberspace. Here are a few tips to help keep you, your family, and your personal information protected while enjoying the net. Some of these tips are courtesy of on how to stay safe while on the world wide web Disney.com .

  • Ask questions of your children before they start surfing. Know things such as what sites they are visiting, what they do while there and how much time they spend on the site.
  • Take advantage of the parental controls offered by your ISP, web browsers, and/or the websites your child visits.
  • Never share account login and password information.
  • Use generic screen names. Don’t include items such as birthday, hobbies, or hometowns as part of your screen name.
  • If you’re using social networking sites such as Facebook, change your privacy settings so as not to reveal private information such as personal contact information, your birthday and hometown.
  • Children should avoid opening emails from unknown senders. Adults should be cautious as well. Don’t open attachments unless you are expecting them.  The same is true of following weblinks included in an email.
  • When following a weblink to what you many think is a trusted website always check the URL in the address bar. Some identity thieves will create websites that look like reputable sites in order to gain your trust and thus harvest your personal info.
  • If you receive a threatening communication do not respond, however do keep a copy of the email or chat log. You want to make sure you have any incidents or altercations documented should something ever come of it.
  • Nothing on the web is ever truly private so always be careful what you write.
  • For kids – never make plans to meet an online friend in person. For adults – always have a communications plan in place if you are going to be meeting an online acquaintance. Make sure someone knows who, what, where, and when you’re meeting this individual. You may also want to set up check in times with a friend or family member.

The web can be an educational and entertaining place to visit. Play it safe and smart and you can have great time online.

Here are a few additional links to web safety information:

FBI Publications – A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety

WireSafety.org – This site address a wide variety of web safety info from keeping kids safe to guarding against identity theft.

3 responses to “Safety Tip of the Week: Internet Safety

  1. Always good points to keep in mind. The Internet can be great but also a scary place. I’m trying to find balance with my kids and it’s hard, but like everything else, parent oversight and involvement is key. Thanks for another great tip!

  2. Please ignore all my grammar issues this morning. Brain’s not functioning yet. =)

  3. Glad you found the tips of value, Gwen. Don’t worry about the grammar issues. We all have them. I have an on going battle with commas. LOL!

    Rayna

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