How to support online safety

The Internet can be a great way to connect with friends and family and learn about interesting things going on in the community.

There is no doubt that the Internet can be unsafe if we do not put good safety measures in place. There are steps you can take to help make sure that the people you care about are using the Internet safely. For example:

  1. Talk with your loved one about what they do online.
  2. Keep lines of communication open — tell them that they can always talk to you or another trusted adult, if they do end up in some sort of trouble on the Internet.
  3. Spend some time surfing the Internet yourself. The more you know about the Internet, the more able you’ll be to help your family member, or the person you support, navigate online without coming to harm.
  4. If a loved one tells you about someone or something bad or “not right” they’ve encountered, work with them to help avoid problems in the future. Report anything to the police that you think is not safe or looks suspicious. Click here for more information
  5. Make “surfing the net” something you experience together. Use it to pick out a movie or check out community activities.
  6. Help your loved one understand that talking to someone they do not know on the Internet is no different than talking to a stranger on the street. Explain the dangers that could happen if they give out to much information about themselves.
  7. Show the person you care for this website and learn about online safety together.