Internet Safety for Adults

Common Sense Tips

Never give out personal information, to include name, address, phone number, birthday, social security number, school, work, clubs, activities, etc. that may identify where you live, work or play

Never agree to meet anyone in person that you met online

Never send or post pictures without thinking of the “consequences”

Never respond to unsolicited messages, legitimate businesses do not solicit in this manner

Never access “fee to enter” sites

Install and utilize software security, to include antivirus software, firewalls, content blockers, etc.

Install and utilize software that monitors computer activity

Place the computer in a common room

Spend time with children on the internet

Talk with children about the reality of society, violence, predators, pornography, scammers, etc

Verify legitimacy through phone calls

Establish and adhere to strict computer usage rules/guidelines

Warning Signs

Withdrawal or lack of interest

Change in academics

Strange phone calls or gifts

Pornography, especially of children

Fear of school or the outdoors

Turning off the monitor when someone enters the room

Loss of sleep& low self-esteem

Change in appetite or stomach pain

Action Steps

Create user names & passwords for your children

Delete old accounts and create new ones

Use parental controls & monitoring software

Disconnect from Cyberspace

Only “friend” known people

Keep records for evidence

Contact law enforcement & school

Offer unconditional love & support

Talk with your children