Stay safe while you explore online. For kids and parents alike, it's a good idea to keep these online safety tips on hand when using the internet at the Library, at school, and home.
Remember: Rules for online safety also apply to using the internet on your cell phone or tablet.
- I will talk to my parents before posting pictures or videos of myself, friends, or family.
- I will ask my parents’ permission before giving out any personal information, such as my or my family members' names, phone numbers, addresses, banking information, or passwords.
- If an online message makes me feel uncomfortable or frightened, I will log off and tell an adult I trust, such as a Library staff member, teacher, or family member, right away.
- I will treat people nicely online and never post or send rude messages or threats.
- When I use websites and search engines, I will use sites for kids that my parents, teacher, or Librarian has told me about. When I use kids' chat rooms, I will only use chat rooms that my parents have checked out for me first.
- I will not believe everything I read on the internet. When in doubt, I will check with a parent, teacher, or Librarian.
- I will always check with an adult before opening emails or messages from strangers.
- I will create passwords that are hard to guess, but easy for me to remember. I will never reveal my passwords to anyone other than my parents.
- I will always use a nickname/username that doesn’t reveal anything about me.
- When I want to arrange a meeting with someone I’ve met on the internet, I will tell my parents first and make sure one of them comes with me.
For more information, visit: Canada Safety Council: Online Safety Rules for Kids.
For more resources for parents, visit Common Sense Media's Privacy and Safety blog.