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Children's Online Safety

The internet provides a great resource for children of all ages. With the abundance of information available along with the accessibility of social platforms, there are precautions to be aware for their safety.


  • Know the images your child is posting online

  • Be aware of children's online use and computer time

  • Be aware of children's activities, connections, friends

  • Disallow chat rooms and restrict instant messaging parameters, parents to monitor chats, messages, emails.

  • Never a good idea to meet face-to-face especially in private and remote location

  • Establish household online rules and stick with it

  • Don't give out personal information: name, phone number, birthdate, parents or family names, address, school, clubs or teams

  • Don't put child's name and email address in any public directories or profiles

  • Don't respond to belligerent or suggestive chats, messages, emails

  • Keep computers in common areas, not in private areas

  • Use gender-neutral screen name

  • Most importantly - talk with your child about online safety

If you or your children receive messages or images that are obscene, lewd, and/or indecent with the intent to harass, abuse, or threaten, you should immediately report this to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Cyber Tipline at 1-800-843-5678 or Cybertip: Missing Kids.com

For more information and guidelines for internet safety: Enough.org

Related Resources:

Kids Rules for Online Safety(for pre-teens) | SafeKids.com

Kids Safety | FBI.gov

Family Watchdog

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Polly Klaas Foundation

The Jessica Marie Lunsford Foundation

Amber Alert