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Caregiver Tips for Internet Safety

  • Communicate

Try to make communication about Internet safety a regular conversation with your children. Share with them your thoughts on social media, pornography, meeting people online, etc. Use gentle, open communication; ask them their thoughts, as well.

  • Use teachable moments

Find natural ways to check in when something comes on T.V., the news, or in the movies, and use that as an opportunity to teach your children.

  • Stay up to date

The Internet and social media will continue to change. Use online resources (provided below), attend events if provided in the community, or at your child’s school. Consider signing up for a newsletter.

  • Make a plan

Talk with your children about what they should do if someone wants to meet online, if they view something that makes them uncomfortable, or is asked to do something unsafe. Remind your children that they can come to you for help.

  • Ask for help

Ask trusted supports for help. Consider if a therapist is necessary for compulsive behaviors, decide if this needs to be reported to law enforcement, or reach out to a Ralston House advocate for more information.


Suggested Websites

*Common Sense Media -

Protect Young Minds -

Net Smartz -

Stop, Think, Connect -

Web Wise Kids -

*Connect Safely -

Smart Social- Learn How to Shine Online -

Enough is Enough -

*Se Habla Espanol

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