Tips for Keeping your Child Safe
Children use a variety of online services, and each of these services can have different safety concerns. However, there are some basic tips which you can employ no matter how your children use the Internet.
- Keep the computer in a high-traffic area of your home.
- Establish limits for which sites/apps children may visit, and for how long.
- Remember to also monitor cell phones, gaming devices, and laptops.
- Surf the Internet with your children and let them show you what they like to do online.
- Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and using webcams.
As with any safety issue, it's wise to talk with kids about concerns, take advantage of resources to protect them, and keep a close eye on their activities.
Talk with your Child about Internet Safety
Our partners at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office developed Stop, Block, Talk to teach youth about internet safety and cyberbullying. To schedule a training, fill out this form.
What do children do online?
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- Teen Slang, Emojis, & Hashtags Parents Need to Know
Guides to Social Media Apps and Gaming Platforms
Setting rules with your child
- Stop, Block, and Talk For Kids
- Stop, Block, and Talk for Teens
- A Letter to the Young Person I Love: A Tool for Caregivers to Build Trust & Communication About Online Safety
- Online Safety Cards for Kids' Technology
- Good Digital Parenting
- NetSmartz Activities For Kids | For Teens
- What Parents Need to Know about Screen Time
- Parents' Ultimate Guide to Parental Controls
- Device Advice for Parents: Tips on All Things Tech (Common Sense Media YouTube playlist)
- Spying on your children: The good, the bad, and the ugly
- Is your child's explicit content out there?