This access does not come without risks, including:
- Not understanding privacy settings, and giving out too much personal information
- Exposure to inappropriate or pornographic material
- Being coerced by online predators
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 for youth, fill out this form.
- What do children do online?
- Setting rules with your child
- Is your child's explicit content out there?