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Internet Safety Tips

Information for this page complimentary of Julian Sher, author of Caught in the Web: Inside the Police Hunt to Rescue Children from Online Predators

69% of parents say they know a lot about what their kids do online
41% of children said they don’t tell their parents about their Web habits
29% of children admitted their parents would not approve of their Internet activities- if they knew
30% of young people consider an online encounter while 14% have already met in person with someone they met online

Tips for Parents

  • Know what your children are doing online and whom they are talking to.  Ask them to teach you to use any applications you’ve never used before
  • Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends
  • Help your children to understand that some people lie online.  They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust
  • Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes him or her feel uncomfortable
  • Teach young people how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable

Report Online Abuse to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Cyber Tipline

Tips for Young People

  • Don’t post your cell phone number, address or the name of your school
  • Don’t post your friends’ names, ages, phone numbers, school names, or addresses
  • Don’t add people as friends to your site unless you know them in person
  • Don’t give your password to anyone other than your parent or guardian
  • Don’t make or post plans and activities on your site
  • Don’t post photos with school names, locations, license plates, or signs
  • Don’t post sexually provocative photos

Internet Safety Tips for Parents and Children

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