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Safety – Internet and Social Media

Children and teens that have access to the internet and social media outlets on phones, computers, or tablets are in danger of exposure to inappropriate content, cyber bullying, online predators, identity theft, sexting, and more.

Some general safety measures you can take to keep your kids safe include:

  • Set parental controls to restrict access to inappropriate sites
  • Learn to monitor search history in all devices
  • You should know your child’s passwords to all of their accounts and devices
  • Model good behavior
  • Talk to your teen about appropriate and inappropriate activities and sign a contract
  • Remember – AAP recommends no screen time for children under 2

Here are some more resources for keeping kids safe on the internet and social media:

  • CommonSenseMedia.org: Age appropriateness of games, videos, and more. Also has a blog for educating parents.
  • OnGuardOnline.gov: Information for not only keeping kids safe online, but also avoiding scams, protecting your identity, securing you computer, and more.
  • NetSmartz.org: Information for kids of all ages and their parents. They also have downloadable programs you can use for educating various audiences.
  • ConnectSafely.org: Safety tips, video presentations, and more for parents, educators, and kids.
  • CyberTipline.com (1-800-THE-LOST): Report inappropriate online behaviors.
  • Enough.org: Enough Is Enough’s mission is to raise public awareness about online pornography and sexual predators.
  • Still want more? Here’s a list of Internet Safety Resources: http://www.connectsafely.org/great-internet-safety-resources/

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