While the Internet offers endless possibilities for children to learn and expand their knowledge, children will be exposed to the dangers of false information, child abuse, exploitation, and the dark side of the Internet.

Recently an article about the dark web was published in the Saturday Star, which highlights some of the treats our children face on the Internet.

It is imperative for parents to be informed, and to educate themselves on preventative measures that can be taken to protect children on the Internet.

Should parents block access to the Internet or social media?

The short answer: probably not; smartphones, tablets and game devices all provide some level of access to the internet, via apps, games and popular media channels such as YouTube. Even if your kids don’t own a smart device, one of their friends at school will, and be assured, they love to share and show off what they can do!

There are benefits to these applications, it has been reported that some apps help children with autism communicate more effectively, and apps that are recommended to assist Down’s Syndrome children with learning

Internet Safety Tips for Kids and Teens

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Internet Safety Tips for Kids and Teens

  1. Spend time having fun with your parents and help them understand technology!
  2. Never post your personal information, such as a cell phone number, home number, home address, or your location on any social networking site or through mobile apps like Snapchat or Instagram.
  3. Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on the internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents or guardian right away. Some people may not be who they say they are.
  4. Check with your parents before you post pictures of yourself or others online. Do not post inappropriate pictures of anyone.
  5. Never respond to mean or rude texts, messages, and e-mails. Delete any unwanted messages. You may need to delete friends who continuously bother you or post things that are not appropriate.
  6. NEVER share your password with anyone, including your best friend. The only people who should know your password are your parents or guardian.
  7. If you wouldn’t say something to another person’s face, don’t text it or post it online.
  8. Do not download or install software or anything on your computer or cell phone before checking with your parents or guardian.
  9. Use the privacy settings of social networking sites.
  10. If anything makes you feel uncomfortable online, while gaming or when using your cell phone, talk with your parents or guardian right away.

Source: Netwsmartz.org and safekids.com.