• Internet, Mobile Phones, and Texting Safety Tips for Parents:

    · Do teach your child not to post identifying information on the internet.

    · Do set a limit for how much time your child can spend online.

    · Do keep the computer in a public room in the house. Do not have an internet-
    connected computer in your child’s bedroom.

    · Do utilize parental controls provided by your Internet Service Provider and/or
    blocking software. (Contact your internet ISP if you have questions).

    · Do talk to your child about using any location services on their device.

    · Do talk to your children about purchasing “in app” products.

    · Do periodically review your child’s computer, emails and messages. You should
    have all of your children’s passwords.

    · Do spend time with your child online. Have them show you their favorite online
    destinations. Get to know your child’s online friends as you would their real-life
    friends. Learn to navigate the web.

    · Do know who they text and email. Most providers have online ways to identify
    frequent contacts so you can see if someone new appears as a contact.

    · Do monitor your child’s access to the internet and texting.

    · Do talk to your child about the danger of Internet predators.

    · Do watch for unexplained changes in your child’s behavior.

    · DO NOT hesitate to seek help from law enforcement if you think a predator may be
    targeting your child.

    For more helpful Internet safety information, please visit www.netsmart.org. Netsmartz.org has age appropriate videos, activities, and information for students in elementary school, middle school and high school.