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The National Children’s Advocacy Center provides ten guidelines for kids and teens on how to remain safe online. We recommend parents print this list and post it near the home computer to remind everyone of the perils of Internet predators:
- Spend time having fun with your parents online and helping them understand technology!
- Never post your personal information, such as a cell phone number, home number, home address, or your location on any social networking site or through mobile apps like Snapchat or Instagram.
- Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on the internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents or guardian right away. Some people may not be who they say they are.
- Check with your parents before you post pictures of yourself or others online. Do not post inappropriate pictures of anyone.
- Never respond to mean or rude texts, messages, and e-mails. Delete any unwanted messages. You may need to delete friends who continuously bother you or post things that are not appropriate.
- NEVER share your password with anyone, including your best friend. The only people who should know your password are your parents or guardian.
- If you wouldn’t say something to another person’s face, don’t text it or post it online.
- Do not download or install software or anything on your computer or cell phone before checking with your parents or guardian.
- Use the privacy settings of social networking sites.
- If anything makes you feel uncomfortable online, while gaming or when using your cell phone, talk with your parents or guardian right away.
If you suspect a child is being abused, whether it’s online, in the schoolyard, during after school activities, or while in the care of another, reach out to the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline. You can make a tremendous difference in the life of an abused child just by seeking support from our professional crisis counselors. Call Childhelp at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453).