Three ways to celebrate Internet safety month

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Cybersecurity Month

Department of Homeland Security
News Release  

 

June is Internet Safety Month. As we all know, kids are spending more and more time online as well as on their mobile devices. Though this increased connectivity has improved our lives in many ways, it also brings increased risks. For children and teenagers these risks include cyberbullying, online predators, and other online threats.

Just like we teach our children not to talk to strangers and to look both ways before crossing the streets, it is critical we teach them about online safety and how to behave properly online.

The Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign, the Department of Homeland Security’s national cybersecurity awareness campaign, encourages parents to talk with their children and those in their community about the importance of online safety. Here are three ways to celebrate Internet Safety Month with your family and community:

  • Initiate the conversation. Kids look to their parents to guide them. Start conversations with your children early and regularly about practicing online safety. Find materials to help you start the discussion with your kids or students in the Stop.Think.Connect. Toolkit.
  • Create an open and honest environment. Be supportive and positive when talking to children about online safety. Create an environment with kids where they can feel comfortable coming to you, or a trusted adult, if they see something online that makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Get your school involved. Reach out to your children’s school to see if they incorporate online safety into their curriculum. As we all spend more and more time connected to the Internet, it is important to think about how practicing safer online habits is a year-round effort, not something to work on solely in June.

 

Online Resources

Visit the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign at dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect for more online safety resources, tips, and information on how to get involved with the Campaign.

FOSI

The Family Online Safety Institute, a Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign National Network partner, provides advice, tips, and tools that empower parents to confidently navigate the online world with your kids.

  • Three Teachable Moments tool
  • 7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting tool
  • Parenting in the Digital Age research report
  • GDP: Setting Ground Rules video

Visit www.FOSI.org for more information on resources available to you.

 

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