10 Tips for Kids

1

  • Be open with your parents
    • Remember that your parents’ primary goal is to keep you safe.
    • Letting them know what you are doing builds trust, which eventually means more freedom.
    • Share your account information with your parents, and make sure to talk about your online experiences often.

2

  • Don’t worry about mistakes or accidents
    • Everyone makes mistakes, but the key is to learn from those mistakes.
    • If you accidentally find something that is inappropriate make sure you tell an adult.
    • Attempting to act like it never happened can sometimes make you look guilty!

3

  • Share your favorite online activities with your parents
    • Teach your parents about your favorite apps, games, and websites.
    • If you can show them that something is safe and fun they’re more likely to approve.
    • By sharing an experience together you can show them what is important to you!

4

  • Tell your parents about any people that you’ve met online, especially people you talk to often
    • Try to focus on being friends online with people you know in real life.
    • If you do have an online-only friend, make sure your parents know about them.
    • Talk about what information is OK to share and what is not.

5

  • Work with your parents to create technology rules for the whole family
    • Every family needs a set of rules or guidelines for technology.
    • Everyone should help to make the rules, but remember that your parents have the last word.
    • Sometimes parents can’t see something from your perspective, so help them by talking about it!

6

  • Keep all of your personal and private information offline
    • Private information, like your address, phone number, and birth date, should never be discussed.
    • Personal information, like hobbies, friends, and school activities, should only be discussed with people you know in real life.
    • General topics about games, movies, and current events should be safe, but always trust your instincts.

7

  • Learn as much about the technology that you use as you can
    • Technology is an awesome resource, and it makes us more successful to know how to use it.
    • Becoming an expert with your devices and apps can keep you safe by teaching you exactly how everything works.
    • Remember, just because something seems safe doesn’t mean that it is. Always check with your parents!

8

  • Always use your privacy setting while you’re online
    • Privacy settings are there for a reason, so make sure you use them.
    • Choose who you share your content with wisely.
    • Sharing something publicly allows everyone in the world to see it, so always think before you post.

9

  • Always tell someone if you see cyberbullying, especially if you’re the one being bullied
    • Cyberbullying is an issue that many students have to face.
    • Teachers and Counselors are trained to help you, so always tell them if this is happening.
    • Speak up for those who might be scared or embarrassed to speak for themselves. We all need a little help sometimes!

10

  • Be a good digital role model
    • Being responsible online isn’t just good for you, but everyone who sees you.
    • Classmates, siblings, and others might learn how to be safe from watching your actions.
    • Take pride in using your skills to be a good digital citizen.