FBI Internet Safety Tips

For Students K-5

It is critical that students-no matter what age-understand the gravity of Internet concerns and the steps to keep themselves safe. The following tips were developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation geared for students in grades K-5 and are available at http://www.fbi.gov/kids/k5th/safety2.htm.

“There are some very important things that you need to keep in mind when you’re on your computer at home or at school.

  • First, remember never to give out personal information such as your name, home address, school name, or telephone number in a chat room or on bulletin boards. Also, never send a picture of yourself to someone you chat with on the computer without your parent’s permission.
  • Never write to someone who has made you feel uncomfortable or scared.
  • Do not meet someone or have them visit you without the permission of your parents.
  • Tell your parents right away if you read anything on the Internet that makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Remember that people online may not be who they say they are. Someone who says that ‘she’ is a ’12-year-old girl’ could really be an older man.'”

For Parents

The FBI has developed a handbook for parents outlining how they can keep their children safe on the Internet. The handbook is available athttp://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm.

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