For most kids and teens, technology is an important part of their lives. They browse the Web for information, use social networking sites, text, and chat. But there can also be dangers, and it is important for parents to monitor their children's use and teach them how to be safe online:
- Never give out personal information, such as your full name, address, phone number, or school name
- Tell an adult if any communication (chat, text, e-mail message) makes you feel threatened or uncomfortable
- Never send sexually explicit photographs or messages
- On social networking sites, use privacy controls and only friend people that you know
Of course, some of this advice is good for adults, too.
- Teach Your Kids to Use Media in Healthy Ways (01/30/2017, HealthDay)
- Advanced Password Tips and Tricks (Federal Trade Commission)
- Friend Finder (Game) (Federal Trade Commission)
- Hacked E-mail (Federal Trade Commission) Also in Spanish
- How to Protect your Kids from Cyber Bullying (General Services Administration)
- Keeping Your Kids Cyber Safe (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in Spanish
- Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids about Being Online (Federal Trade Commission) - PDF
- Online Safety: Fraud, Security, Phishing, Vishing (General Services Administration)
- Online Tracking (Federal Trade Commission) Also in Spanish
- Phishing (Federal Trade Commission) Also in Spanish
- Prevent Cyberbullying (Department of Health and Human Services) Also in Spanish
- Protecting Your Child's Privacy Online (Federal Trade Commission) Also in Spanish
- Report Cyberbullying (Department of Health and Human Services)
- Sexting: What Parents Need to Know (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish
- Staying Safe on Social Network Sites (Department of Homeland Security)
- Talking to Kids and Teens About Social Media and Sexting (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Teaching Kids to Be Smart About Social Media (Nemours Foundation)
- Understanding Mobile Apps (Federal Trade Commission) Also in Spanish
- What is Cyberbullying? (Department of Health and Human Services)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Risky online behaviors among adolescents: Longitudinal relations among problematic Internet...
- Article: Enhancing Primary School Children's Knowledge of Online Safety and Risks...
- Article: Understanding the Correlates of Face-to-Face and Cyberbullying Victimization Among U.S....
- Internet Safety -- see more articles