These tips were taken
from the fbi.gov/k5th website
There are some very important things that you need to keep in mind when
you're on your computer at home or at school.
- First, remember never to
give out personal information such as your name, home address, school
name, or telephone number in a chat room or on bulletin boards. Also,
never send a picture of yourself to someone you chat with on the
computer without your parent's permission.
- Never write to someone
who has made you feel uncomfortable or scared.
- Do not meet someone or
have them visit you without the permission of your parents.
- Tell your parents right
away if you read anything on the Internet that makes you feel
- Remember that people
online may not be who they say they are. Someone who says that "she" is
a "12-year-old girl" could really be an older man.
Also, here are some
tips for parents on how to deal with
children on the internet. These tips and much more are from
the website listed below
clear, simple, easy-to-read house rules should
posted on or near the monitor. Create your own computer rules or print
the Internet safety pledge. The pledge can be signed
by adults and children and should be periodically reviewed.
- look into safeguarding programs or options your
online service provider might offer. These may include monitoring or
giving any personal information. Also make sure that a web site offers
a secure connection before giving credit-card information.
web sites for children are not permitted to
personal information without a parent's permission. Talk to children
about what personal information is and why you should never give it to
if children use chat or e-mail, talk to them
never meeting in person with anyone they first "met" online.
talk to children about not responding to
or dangerous e-mail, chat, or other communications. Report any such
communication to local law enforcement. Do not delete the offensive or
dangerous e-mail; turn off the monitor, and contact local law
keep the computer in the family room or
area of your home.
let children show you what they can do online,
visit their favorite sites.
have children use child-friendly search
know who children are exchanging e-mail with,
only let them use chat areas when you can supervise. NetSmartz
recommends limiting chatroom access to child-friendly chat sites.
be aware of any other computers your child may
Internet accounts should be in the parent's
with parents having the primary screenname, controlling passwords, and
using blocking and/or filtering devices.
children should not complete a profile for a
provider and children's screennames should be nondescript so as not to
identify that the user is a child.
talk to children about what to do if they see
something that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. Show
them how to turn off the monitor and emphasize that it's not their
fault if they see something upsetting. Remind children to tell a
trusted adult if they see something that bothers them online.
consider using filtering or monitoring
your computer. Filtering products that use whitelisting, which only
allows a child access to a preapproved list of sites, are recommended
for children in this age group. NetSmartz does not advocate using
filters only; education is a key part of prevention. Visit the resources section for web sites that provide
information on filtering or blocking software.
if you suspect online "stalking" or sexual
exploitation of a child, report it to your local law-enforcement
agency. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
(NCMEC) has a system for identifying online predators and child
pornographers and contributing to law-enforcement investigations. It's
called the CyberTipline®. Leads forwarded to
the site will be acknowledged and shared with the appropriate
law-enforcement agency for investigation.
to all students:
- ONCE YOU UPLOAD OR SHARE INFORMATION ON THE
YOU CANNOT TAKE BACK WHAT YOU HAVE SHARED (even if you pull video from
online after posting it, others have probably downloaded it)
- NEVER SHARE PASSWORDS WITH ANYONE
- CYBERBULLYING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED
- NEVER GIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION IN A CHAT ROOM
AS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, NAME, ADDRESS, etc...