Online Safety

Practice online safety

Online safety and privacy are important for adults and youth alike.  It is important to practice healthy online behavior in your home.  Over 70% of 9-17 year olds will encounter nudity or content of a sexual nature online.  Additionally, the FBI has warned that there is a threat of individuals posing as minors on popular social media or social networks to lure victims in lieu of immediate, in person ruse with the intent to abduct.  There are steps you can take now to be safe and keep predators out.

Privacy

Check with your children to see if their social media and online accounts are private.

Security

Set parental controls on phones, apps, and websites.

Access

Be aware of possession of a cell phone not provided by you, the parent/guardian.

Monitor

Make sure you know what your children are doing online and check on them if they are in their rooms for long interrupted periods of time

Personal Information

Remind children to never give out their full name, address, phone number, school name or other personal identifying information to people on the internet.

Photos

Talk about what is appropriate to post online and what is not.  Do not post nude, partially nude, or revealing photos. Once an image is online, it can be saved, used, and shared beyond your control.

Friends

Ask your children about who they are talking to online. Encourage caution when talking to people online.  Unfortunately, sometimes an online personality can be a predator.

Slang

Pay attention to the use of trafficking-related terms like “Trick,” “The Life,” or “The Game.”

Online Ads.

children about clicking on online ads or pursuing a purchase through an ad. Some ads are used to trick the user into sharing personal information.

Visit

Visit the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Website for more tips and information: https://ag.hawaii.gov/hicac/

Build trust

The key to practicing safety is by having face-to-face, open conversations with your children.  Once you have created a safe virtual space, empower your child(ren) to talk with you if they see or hear something that is a red flag.  Keeping virtual conversations safe is a key part of protecting youth and we can do this by being involved and engaged (not helicopter) parents. 

We recommend the webinar Online Safety Training for Parents, Caregivers, and Community Members.

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