Stay Safe Online
The internet is a great place for chatting with friends and finding some great information. It is important to be aware that there are also dangers and risks when being online.
- your profiles and postings can affect you, your family and friends now and also in the future
- nothing you say or do is completely private or protected - never give out your full name or information that could help someone locate you
- use privacy settings to control who accesses your profile and postings
- spreading rumours, bullying or sexually harassing people online is hurtful and you may suffer consequences you don't foresee
- don't say anything to anyone online that you wouldn't say face-to-face
- posting sexually explicit photos can come back to haunt you - think about future employers, teachers, post secondary admissions departments viewing what has been posted about you or by you
- never arrange to meet someone in person who you have met only from the internet
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Tips for Parents
Some immediate steps that parents/guardians can take to safeguard their children include:
- Become familiar with the Internet forums and applications that your children use.
- Explaining to your child that his/her Internet activity will be monitored. They should not have expectations of privacy on the computer.
- Being aware of when your children are sending pictures via webcams, digital cameras, and mobile phones.
- Emphasizing the public nature of the Internet. ie pictures sent can't be taken back, distributing naked pictures is potentially illegal, such actions could be extremely damaging.
- Using filtering options in search engines.
- Installing filtering software to reduce the risk of exposure to sexually explicit content.
- Beginning the dialogue NOW so that your children are best equipped to deal with potentially harmful situations. Open lines of communication will reduce the risk of victimization.
- Reinforcing boundaries. The importance of personal boundaries to your children's awareness of potentially dangerous situations is vital.