Social media. Apps. Video games. The opportunities to connect with others through digital platforms are expanding each day. It's important for parents and caregivers to talk regularly with their device-holding kids about the risks of virtual interaction. Read on to find information about online safety, recognizing grooming and predator behaviors, tips for starting the conversation with your family, and resources for reporting suspected illegal activity.
Internet Safety 101#
Check out the videos below to learn more about internet safety, including a full-length "Keep Kids Safe on the Internet" presentation from School Resource Officer and former detective Cpl. Keith Maynard.
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) - Internet safety page from the ICAC task force. Includes information geared toward parents and kids.
Netsmartz - Internet safety website run by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Includes many free digital resources for parents and kids. Spanish version available.
Parental Guide to Mobile Apps - PDF guide to popular apps (ICAC).
Rules 'n Tools Checklist - If your child will have access to the internet on a computer, tablet, or phone, use this checklist to set expectations and proactively create a safe environment.