Safe Internet Surfing Tips for Kids

Safe Internet Tips for Kids

Children need to be cautious on the Internet

All children should be educated about a few common dangers on the Internet, and how to avoid falling prey to on-line crime and fraud.

Child Protection From Identity Theft

Maintain Your Privacy

Be careful while signing up for a website or creating a profile. Ask an adult about what information you should divulge.

Sensitive personal details include your name, age, phone number, address, school name, and email ID.

Choose your user ID or screen name carefully and avoid using personal details in it. Chat room logs are monitored, so be cautious while chatting online.

Say no to Identity Thieves

Be Careful with Strangers

Maintain extra caution when you chat with strangers online. Do not allow them to get too close, or contact you in person.

Ignore and delete text messages and emails from people you do not know. Take the help of an adult for the first few times you chat online.

More Safe Browsing Tips for Kids

.   Do not download files or programs without the consent of a supervising adult.

.   Avoid people who try to harass you, or say something inappropriate.

.   Beware of fraudsters who use false identities to lure and victimize gullible kids.

.   Do not try to replace real-life relationships with online conversations and friendships.

Parents Teaching Child About Internet

Parents should teach proper internet usage

.   Get an adult’s approval before you purchase any item online.

.   If you make an online friend, inform your parents about it.

.   Exit the chat room immediately if a conversation becomes uncomfortable.

.   Do not post your pictures online or email them to strangers.

.   Avoid visiting dubious sites and clicking on links that seem suspicious.

.   Do not reveal your passwords to anybody.

Internet Troll

Watch out for trolls

.   Beware of ‘trolls’ and ‘flames’ who try to provoke you with bad language or insults.

.   Be courteous and polite to others online to earn their respect. Do not use bad language in a chat room as your account could be terminated.

.   Avoid opening email attachments from strangers and delete suspicious emails immediately.

How to prevent identity theft

You could end up downloading viruses or revealing sensitive personal information if you are not careful online.

Parents, look into credit monitoring companies like LifeLock to keep your children’s identity safe, so their identities won’t be compromised by identity thieves.

Following these tips suggested in this article will help ensure your security and privacy in big bad cyber space.

18 thoughts on “Safe Internet Surfing Tips for Kids

  1. Sarah says:

    This is so depressing, but of course very useful too. Children need to be taught how to surf safely and parents need to know what sort of dangers are out there. Some parents don’t even know what to look out for because social sites change all the time and it’s hard to keep up. The technical knowhow of today’s kids means that parents need to learn a lot of stuff before they can even begin to protect their children.

  2. No Identity Theft says:

    Parents need to be proactive and teach their kids about internet safety. There are a lot of strange people that will prey on children. Education is key to stop this problem from getting worse.

  3. Kelly Sheldrick says:

    Great article! This is something that wasn’t really an issue when I was a kid, as not many people had the internet, and these crimes hadn’t really evolved yet. Because, this wasn’t an issue when I was a kid, most parents are aware of all the potential risks that children face when surfing the net. before you allow any child to use the net, they should be taught about the risks, and how to surf responsibly – I really hope this is now taught in school, but I’m not actually sure that it is. Thanks again for sharing.

  4. No Identity Theft says:

    Hi Kelly, I too didn’t have to worry about this issue since the internet was not around. Now with social media taking over our daily thoughts and actions, identity thieves or predators can reach children and exploit them quite easily. Parents need make it a priority to teach their children the importance of not sharing any pertinent information with anyone, especially with people they do not know. I think the idea of teaching children in school is a wonderful idea. I will look into this….

  5. Damon says:

    Keeping children safe online is one thing. Being able to teach them how to keep themselves safe is another story. If they are more aware of the signs that things are not right while online, then they will be a step ahead of anything that can be malicious. It is bad enough that we cannot trust that criminals will not target them and what they do online.

  6. Cheska J says:

    When I was in highschool (that was when the data connections to the internet were not as fast and when Friendster was still very relevant).. There was a girl who got raped because she just chose to meet with a “guy” who she knew from the Friendster site.. Although the guy who raped her got reported to the police, it was not a good idea to begin with. Meeting with someone you do know much about and at an age like that.. Good thing there are now bigger measures and this issue is being addressed better in the present.. Because back then, oh man.. it was just chaos.

  7. No Identity Theft says:

    Schools need to make it mandatory to teach young children to never talk to strangers online. Education goes a long way from allowing horror stories like yours becoming a reality. That’s why I love Metlife Defender for families with young children. They have software that monitors children for cyber predators. It’s a wonderful program

  8. Violeta Constantin says:

    Man I wish someone had educated me about the online world when I was young. I was sooo gullible, had no idea of all the creeps out there, I believed anyone that would talk to me. Kids need to be taught about the internet, it’s a scary world out there unfornutely. You never know who you’re talking to.

  9. Angela Christu says:

    This is an extremely important subject for parents to be aware of. Kids are getting access online at earlier and earlier ages, and the dangers are real! I had the privileged of visiting the local FBI online fraud and internet protection agency on a special (and highly secured) field trip with a parent at our school and the information they devoured was scary. It was local crime, predatory in nature, and aimed directly at our kids. Everything that you have mentioned above, was taught to us during this visit. Parents must monitor and be aware of online dangers for children, and teach safe surfing internet surfing techniques. They must be proactive to learn the precautionary measures listed above, and teach them to their children. This was a great article, and covers a topic that is extremely important to me, as a mother of three. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Anas says:

    I really loved this article because I also surf on internet.This article is very helpful for me.
    Thank you very much staff writers.

  11. Arleigh Santiago says:

    I am a busy person and sometimes I don’t have time to monitor on how and what my kids are doing in the internet. This program will help me avoid my kids from sites that they aren’t allowed to visit. Thank you for posting this.

  12. Eneria says:

    This article is great! One time I caught my sister chatting with a stranger and I was really worried because sometimes she is always in here room and avoid her friends. I confront her and she told me everything what was happening. Nowadays social media scares me and with this article it will help other big sister like me and parents on how to educate their kids about internet.

  13. Pam says:

    I am so glad the internet was in it infancy when I was a kid and even more thankful I don’t have any kids of my own yet. The amount adults get scammed on the internet is terrifying enough but I can’t even imagine letting a child onto the web today without watching everything their doing.

  14. Oliver says:

    Good article ! It is essential that we proctect our children from the dangers of the Internet, but I made the experience
    that parents are often not aware of the dangers of the Internet itself.

    The most important of all rules : never publish personal data on the internet .

  15. Tillman says:

    I do not have any kids of my own, instead I have to live vicariously through my friends and their children. With that said, I printed this post and so far I have given a copy to my coworkers who have children as well as a few of my friends. I have more to give out and I will continue to share this information whenever I see fit.

    I really appreciate this website for having a post like this. It is a post that a child could easily understand should they come across it. It is also a great tool to start the discussion. These kids are growing up in a time where they have to be aware of what can happen to them online. They have to be aware that there are bad people online who would have no problem targeting them for their own personal edification or profit.

    We see movies of gross things that can happen to kids when their online activities aren’t monitored and if they are unaware of what’s out there it doesn’t make it any easier. Kids trust and online trusting behavior doesn’t always get you good things, sometimes it gets you dangerous things that even a full grown, self sufficient adult doesn’t want any parts of.

    I think anyone who has come across this post has a responsibility to share it. If you do not feel like you have the responsibility of sharing this information then you have to do more research to see just how ugly it gets on the web for ANYONE, especially kids. The potential threats online can actually ruin your life and with kids being the most vulnerable targets, it is important we start making them aware of the best practices to use while surfing the internet and building a social network.

  16. Ross Hayden says:

    Kids are easy target for fraudsters. Strangers contact kids on social media websites and ask them for personal information. Sometimes they ask kids to download some malicious software or something like that which can affect the whole family’s security. It is good that some blogs are making parents aware about this. You are doing a great job, keep it up.

  17. ChristinS says:

    Great tips. I love that the internet provides so many opportunities for learning, but the downside is so scary. My 3rd grader is always being given websites to sign up for and use to help with his homework and for additional learning and while I think those resources are great, especially in districts struggling with funding, I do worry at times. I monitor very closely and have explained to him the importance of not veering from those sites and being very careful about who he talks to etc.

    My oldest is a teen who is pretty smart and cautious and I closely monitor his activities, but don’t want to get paranoid either. It’s always a difficult balance I think. I know there is software available where you can track your child’s activity and sometimes I’m tempted, but I don’t want my children to feel their privacy is being violated either if they aren’t breaking the rules. Such a difficult line to walk at times! Thanks for the great tips I’ll share these with the kids.

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