11 Additional items to review with your student

  • Anything they do or post online creates a digital record, often called a "Digital Footprint." Nothing online is totally private, even if it is intended to be. Once digitized, it can be saved, sent and reposted elsewhere.

  • A good rule of thumb: If you don't want a parent, teacher, principal, future employer or college admissions office to know something, don't post it online. Set up some sort of test question to frequently ask your student, such as “Would Grandma approve?”

  • "Friends" aren't always who they say they are. Encourage your student to only be friends online with friends they know in person. Never give access to personal information to people met online.

  • Never post personally identifiable information online. This includes: full name, address, phone number, email, where you are meeting friends or where you hang out. Discuss with your student how easy it is for someone to find you based on what you post online.

  • Regularly check your student's privacy settings on all commonly used sites and networks. Ignoring privacy settings on sites like Facebook means your student's photos, contact information, interests, and possibly even cell phone GPS location could be shared with more than a half-billion people.

  • Cyber-bullying (threatening or harassing another individual through technology) is a growing concern for today's youth. It takes many forms, such as forwarding a private email, photo, or text message for others to see, starting a rumor, or sending a threatening or aggressive message, often anonymously. Talk with your student about not partaking in this behavior and encourage her/him to report incidents of cyber-bullying to an adult.

Helpful websites with Internet Safety Tips for parents