This is a sponsored post about Teaching Kids To Be Safe Online and I am part of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. However, as usual, all opinions are I share are my own.
The world our kids are growing up in isn’t the same as when we were young. Now days, the internet is a common part of every day life. And while the “interland” is a magical place brimming with possibilities. There is also much to be leery about as well. But with some help from Google For Education, you can help prepare students to create their future safely.
Be Internet Awesome By Teaching Kids To Be Safe Online
First things first. Start by having a conversation with your kids about how to be safe and smart online. And because kids are online in elementary school already, the time to have that conversation is NOW!
Celebrate Safer Internet Day On Tuesday, February 5th!
This year’s Safer Internet Day is a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part. That means being diligent in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users. So with that, this years campaign slogan is “Together for a better internet“. So make today the day that you decide to start being internet awesome.
Call To Action!
Hear ye, hear ye. EVERYONE! Technology isn’t something we need to avoid or be afraid of. With the right steps and actions, you can keep your family safe. Keep reading to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to do this. And make teaching kids to be safe online a top priority!
Be Smart, Be Alert, Be Strong, Be Kind, Be Brave:
BE INTERNET AWESOME!
We’ve compiled a list of tips to go over with your children (and entire family). Because being proactive is the best way to be internet awesome.
5 Tips To Help You Be Internet SMART
- Be A Positive Presence In Real Life AND Online: Once something is posted in the cyber world, it may be there forever. Even if you delete, the damage may already be done. A screenshot may have already been taken. So stick to being a positive presence and role model in the virtual world and in real life.
- Think Hard Before You Post And Re-Read Before Hitting That Enter Key: Sometimes saying nothing at all is the best way. Remember the old adage “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.
- Secrets And Personal Info Should Be Protected: Those secrets include your address, email, phone number, passwords, usernames, and school documents. It’s best to not share this info at all if possible.
- You May Not Come Across The Way You Intended: A really hard thing to do is read “tone of voice” through written word. Two different people can read the same thing and draw opposite conclusions.
- Respect Others: A variety of situations may call for a variety of actions. Other people may do things you wouldn’t. The best way to handle differences is with respect.
5 Tips To Help You Be Internet ALERT
- Check For Site Creditability: Before clicking and entering passwords, double check the site url. I know someone who had their paypal hacked because they were directed to a copycat site and didn’t realize it! So make sure the url matches the company you are looking for.
- Make Sure You Use Secure Websites: Look for the padlock at the top left of the url bar. And the site should also start with https://.
- Avoid Scams: If the deal sounds too good to be true. Chances are, it is a scam. Avoid falling for fake messages as well. Red flags include messages that start with “It’s your lucky day”, pop-ups saying you won something, and anything filled with grammatical errors.
- Beware, Anyone Can Fall For A Scam: If you fall for a scam, the most important thing to do is TELL SOMEONE! Let your parent, teacher, or a trusted adult know right away. And be sure to change passwords to all your accounts immediately.
- Attention! Websites Can NOT See If There Is Something Wrong With Your Device: When you get the message that your computer has been infected with malware, they are trying to trick you! What they are trying to get you to do is download malware or unwanted software. Don’t fall for it! Show an adult and don’t click on anything.
5 Tips To Help You Be Internet Password STRONG
- Strong Passwords Are A Must: Using a minimum of 8 characters that contains a combination of letters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and symbols is best.
- Change It Up: It may sound like common sense but make sure you switch up your passwords for important accounts. That way, if one is hacked, they won’t be able to access all your accounts.
- Be Creative: It’s easy to remember your nickname, a string of numbers like 123456, and the word “password”. The problem with that is that those are all easy to hack. Get creative with your passwords.
- Don’t Get Personal: Avoid using any personal information as parts of your password.
- Don’t Hesitate If You Think There’s Been A Breach: Make the CHANGE! If you think anyone, other than a trusted adult, has gained access to your password, change it NOW.
5 Tips To Help You Be Internet KIND
- Follow The Golden Rule In Real Life AND Online: Do onto others as you would have them do onto you. In simpler terms, treat everyone how you want to be treated.
- Be An Upstanding Online Presence: An “upstander” goes against the grain of bad behavior and reports harassment. They stand up for positivity and kindness.
- Take Action- Turn Negatives Into A Positive: If you see something negative posted online, don’t attack back. Instead, flood with positive messages. Pile on the kindness and ask friends to help. (Example: If you see someone being bullied online, post positive comments about them. Don’t engage the bully though! Just address the great things you enjoy about the person being bullied.)
- Make Good Decisions: If you wouldn’t say it in real life, don’t say it online. Nobody likes an aggressive keyboard warrior who hides behind a screen.
- Spread Kindness: Being kind doesn’t cost a thing. You can brighten someone’s day with just a few kind words in person. The same is true online.
5 Tips To Help You Be Internet BRAVE
- See Something Negative? Say Something Immediately!: If you come across something inappropriate or that makes you uncomfortable, report it. Tell someone you trust such as a teacher, adult, or parent.
- Talk It Through: Asking for help IS a brave thing to do! You are being both smart and courageous when you talk to someone and get help for you or someone else. It is important to bring attention to something if it will stop harm from happening.
- Report And Block Inappropriate Content: Reporting to admins of pages can help protect the entire group. You can also block offenders to ensure you won’t see content from them again too.
- Always Get Proof: Before you block or report, take a screenshot and record what happened.
- Don’t Be Afraid: If you receive a message or comment from a stranger that is creepy or inappropriate, show a trusted adult. Then block and report.