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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.

Remember:

  • 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.