Be aware of the information you are sharing about your child when posting pictures of them.
Set boundaries for what your child can and can’t do online, including where, when, and how much time they can spend online.
Talk with your child about online safety.
Reinforce that they should never send pictures they wouldn’t want the school or family to see.
Have tech-free meals.
Keep phones out of children’s bedrooms at night.
Set parental controls on your home’s wifi.
Have your child show you their favorite sites to ensure safety and suitability.
Familiarize yourself with apps your child uses.
Teach children how to keep their profiles private and turn off location settings on social media. Remind them to set strong passwords and not to share them.
Teach them how to be good online citizens by not sending mean messages, respecting people’s online and offline boundaries, and not asking others for inappropriate photos.
Identify another adult your child can go to for help if you are not there.
Recognize the warning signs of a child experiencing online enticement: increasing time online, getting upset when unable to use their device, receiving gifts from someone you don’t know, and hiding what they are doing online.
If you suspect a child is being abused, call CHILDLINE at 1-800-932-0313.