Computer Safety for Kids

Computers make life easier in so many ways. However, computers and the Internet are dangerous for kids that are unprepared. You need to understand how the Internet works and how to protect yourself from predators and other dangers. Kids are the number one target and you don't want to become a victim. Take a look at these resources to help you stay safe online.

Understanding the Internet

People use the Internet every day to get information and stay connected with friends and family. It is a large system with lots of information on it. However, the Internet is a dangerous place for kids because it is easy to access information that you probably shouldn't see. That's why it's important to understand that even though the Internet is a great thing, you need to take steps to be safe.

Strangers Online

As a kid, you're taught not to talk to strangers, but on the internet there are lots of strangers. You should never give out any personal information, including your real name. You and your parents should make sure that you are not talking to strangers online and that you are only visiting sites that your parents say are safe to be on.

Social Media Safety

Sites like Facebook are a great way to stay connected with friends, but they can also be dangerous because there are a lot of strangers on these sites. You shouldn't accept friend requests from people you don't personally know and you should never put personal information in your profile. Cyberbullying is another thing you might have to worry about on social media. For this reason it is important to only go on sites that your parents give you permission to.

Test Your Knowledge

There are all sorts of fun games that can teach you about strangers, social media, and other dangers on the Internet. With the permission of your parents, check out some of the links below to start learning today. Soon, you'll be able to show your parents that you're ready to venture onto the Internet by yourself.

Educational Computer Games

Another way to get your parents to give you some freedom on the Internet is to agree on a list of websites you're allowed to visit. This protects you from internet dangers and makes your parents happy at the same time. There are all sorts of kid-friendly websites where you can play games, learn, and have fun online. Sit with your parents and come up with a list of some fun, safe sites that are okay to visit.

Smart Parenting

Parents, your kids can be safe on the Internet if you set clear rules and make sure your children are educated. Of course, another important way to keep your kids safe is to monitor their behavior online. That gives you the ability to step in if you need to. Take a look at the following resources to learn how to help your kids stay safe online.

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