The Internet is a popular research tool. Reliance on the Internet has grown rapidly. It
not only serves as a learning, research, and exploration tool, but as a communication
and entertainment source- that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Dangers of the Internet:
There are individuals online that can take advantage of your child's trust.
There is access to harmful content, such as pornography, drug sites, hate sites, and
Your child may become vulnerable to sexual exploitation or bullying.
Your child may be drawn in into a situation where they are made vulnerable.
Information and supervision are two key components to protect your family from being
taken advantage of on the Internet.
Internet Safety Tips for Parents:
• Attend online classes, take the time to listen to and speak with other
parents about the issue of Internet safety.
• Learn about the Internet with your child. Learn what sites they are
viewing, how chat sites work, and who your child is talking with
• Ensure your child knows that you won’t be blame them if they
approach you with a problem about an online situation.
• Encourage your child to participate in other activities and interests
• Keep your computer in a common "family” room - where you are able
to supervise Internet use.
• Set reasonable rules and guidelines for Internet use in the home.
• Monitor your phone and credit card bills for unknown transactions.
Some Internet services require this information to gain access.
• Report all electronic harassment, or threats to your Internet provider.
Signs that your child may be in
Safety Tips for Children and Teens: danger on the Internet:
Do not give out personal information,
such as your name, the names of
family, where you live, your phone Your child changes the screen or turns off the
number, or school name. Personal info monitor when you enter the room. They may
also includes pictures of yourself and be viewing inappropriate content online.
your e-mail address. Ask permission
before sharing any information with a Your child begins receiving phone calls from
stranger on the Internet. unknown adults. Talk to your child about who
Do not use chat names that reveal they are corresponding with.
personal information, such as your age,
or gender. Example, “silly_girl14”
Your child is using the Internet in late hours of
could make you vulnerable on-line.
the night. He or she may be chatting online.
Be cautious about what you read, or
Reserve this activity for times and places that
about what a stranger tells you on the
can be supervised.
Internet. It does not necessarily mean
it is true.
Your child becomes withdrawn from family or
While surfing the Internet, if something
friends. Create an open line of communication,
makes you feel uncomfortable or scares
so your child knows they can approach you at
you, tell an adult.
Never make plans to meet with anyone
you have met on the Internet.
Your child receives gifts or money from an
Use good manners while on the
unknown source. Talk with your child, and ask
Internet. If someone online does
where these gifts or money originated.
something to make you feel
uncomfortable, stop chatting with
them. Tell a trusted adult what has
happened to make you feel
For more information on Internet Safety for Families, please contact:
Crime Prevention and Community Safety Library: 604-529-1552 or www.bccpa.org
CyberAngels - The World's Oldest and Largest Internet Safety Organization: www.cyberangels.org
Safe Online Outreach Project: www.safeonlineoutreach.org
SafeCanada.ca – Internet Safety Webpage: www.safecanada.ca/topic_e.asp?category=3
Cyberbullying.ca – www.cyberbullying.ca