Today is Safer Internet Day and OPP are taking part in the 12th annual initiative and reminding parents that they play an important role in their child’s safety online.

While the internet provides learning opportunities, it also opens the door to cyber bullying and on-line threats and parents should be aware of what sites their children are accessing and monitor their internet use.

Here are some basic things parents should be aware of:

  • The internet is forever and everything posted online can be tracked/stored and will follow you, possibly into school and career paths.
  • Keep computer in an open area of the home
  • People are not always who they say they are. The internet is a place to communicate with existing relationships but not to make new ones.
  • Remind children to protect their passwords; never let them share them with friends.
  • Unplug webcams when they’re not in use.
  • Digital technology is public and anonymity is a myth. You are responsible for your behaviour so be a good person online and offline.
  • Limit the amount of time they spend online.
  • Make sure they protect their on-line identity at all times and don’t give out any identifying information.

Review the links below to learn and discuss a Safer Internet.

www.youthconnected.ca

www.needhelpnow.ca

www.saferinternetday.org

 

(Written by James King)