Keeping Children and Teens Safe Online

June is National Internet Safety Month. During school breaks, it is likely your kids will be spending more time online. In fact, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance, children and teens aged 8-18 spend an average of 7 and a half hours each day during the summer on electronic devices! This activity can leave them vulnerable to cyber bulling, cyber predators, and other criminal activity.

To ensure a safe cyber environment, each of us plays a part.  Parents can talk to their children and teens about cyber threats, and follow these easy steps:

• Only become friends on social media with people you actually know, and never share details like address, school, or even last name with strangers.

• Conduct Internet searches with specific search terms so that they don’t yield unwanted results.

• Install safety filters that limit what kids can see and do online.

• Before your child visits a new website, check it out yourself.

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