Internet Safety – Recognize the Signs
For anyone born after 1980, the world has always had computers and cell phones. They are tech savvy and get most of their information and socialization through the Internet. For them, there is no distinction between the real world and the online world – they are one in the same.
As a parent, the best way to help ensure your child’s safety online is to become tech savvy yourself. Think of technology as a language. Your child has spoken this language since birth and is fluent in it. You need to know the language if you want to communicate with them. Yes, technology can seem overwhelming, but this handout will help you get started by explaining the basics of technology and online safety. You’ll learn some important values to teach your child about using technology. Finally, you will find some useful online resources where you can continue your education.
- Secretive about online activities
- Obsessive about internet use
- Gets angry when he/she can’t get online
- Receives/makes phone calls from/to unknown people
- Receives gifts and/or packages from unknown persons
- Withdraws from family and friends
- Risky/unhealthy relationships
- Cyber Bullying: See bullying section
- Downloading internet pornography
- Eating disorders
- Substance abuse
- Changes screens or turns off computer when an adult enters a room