A Safer Internet for Families

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Today, February 5th, 2019, is a day to celebrate. It’s Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day calls on us to encourage everyone to come “Together for a Better Internet” (Today’s slogan). From individuals, to families, to classmates, teachers and friends, we can all come together to make things better, especially for our kids.

Kid reading on a kindle

In collaboration with Google and Mom It Forward Influencer Network., so we can all Be Internet Awesome

How, you may ask, can we come together for a better internet? It just so happens I have some tips for simple ways to do just that.

Quick Tips on Safer Internet Day

First, check out Be Internet Awesome to get tips about the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety, including how to be internet Smart, Alert, Strong, Kind, and Brave.

Next, check out the NEW Be Internet Awesome Family Guide.

RELATED POST: 3 Tips for Helping Kids Spread Kindness Online and IRL

Once you and yours have checked that out, encourage the kiddos to put their newly found wisdom and skills to the test by exploring Interland, “a magical place brimming with both awesome and blahsome surprises.”

Then, check out Family Link, to learn about an app that helps create healthy digital habits to consider for your family.

In the meantime, here are some quick tips from Be Internet Awesome.

How to Create a Strong Password

Just like in real life, personal privacy and security are important online. Keeping information safe helps kids avoid damaging their devices, reputations, and relationships.

The Basics

  • Make it memorable, but avoid using personal information like names or birthdays.
  • Use a mix of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers.
  • R3pl@ce le++ers wit# sYmb0ls & n^mb3rs 1ike Thi$.

Switch It Up

  • Use different passwords for different sites.
  • Avoid using easy to guess passwords like “password,” “LetMeIn,” and “123456.”

RELATED POST: 7 Tips for Helping Protect Your Child’s Identity 

School Involvement

On this Safer Internet Day, you can make an even bigger impact by encouraging your child’s school to come together for a better internet, too, by sharing Be Internet Awesome with your school’s teachers

One last thought, a follow-up conversation is a great way to confirm with your kids how to be safe and smart online on this Safer Internet Day, and everyday, using the information you learned from Be Internet Awesome.

Graphic about teaching kids to use strong pssswords online

Have a Safer Internet Day!

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Alexandra
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Alexandra

Some great tips, and so important in this day and age. Safety for our children is so essential!

Amber Myers
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Amber Myers

I always want my kids to be safe online. I always check and go over the rules. Heck, I try to be careful too, because you never know!

Scott Gombar
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Scott Gombar

You have provided some really good information. Keeping the internet safe for kids is so important. We are extra careful and closely monitor ourselves

Joan
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Joan

The Internet is totally something to be wary of nowadays there is so much good stuff yet the bad may outway the good at times. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Chelle Dizon
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Chelle Dizon

Yes I do agree that you have to use different passwords for your all your online accounts. Just make sure to remember it and will now be confuse though. Thanks for the tips!

Monica Parlee
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Monica Parlee

Thankfully, the internet was just in its infancy when my kids were young and we didn’t have any computers, cell phones, etc. It can imagine safety is definitely a concern for todays parents.

Natalia
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Natalia

That’s an important topic! We should teach our kids how to use the Internet wisely to avoid dangerous situations and possible problems. 🙂

Heather
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Heather

The internet is a scary place. It’s nice to know that there are resources like this to keep our kids safe.

Hollie Sick
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Hollie Sick

Great tips and I think it’s so important to stay safe online now. We live in a time that it can be easy to leave something accessible. You never know who is watching!

Laurie Gannon
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Laurie Gannon

In some ways, I am glad I went to school prior to the Internet days. It’s so important to be safe in the “regular” world and it is just as important online. I don’t have children of my own but this would be great to pass along to my nephews.

Brittany
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Brittany

The internet is such a scary place! It’s so important for people to be informed and to take precautions! Thanks for sharing this.

Dalene Ekirapa
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Dalene Ekirapa

Strong passwords are so important especially in our era where every body has accounts online. Easy-to-guess passwords are just a no!

ohmummymia
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ohmummymia

Great tips! I’m so afraid what my son can find on the Internet or that he will click something he doesn’t understand and someone will hack our pc

Amara Jakobsen
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Amara Jakobsen

I’ve never been good with passwords, always seem to use the same password over and over again. But teaching our kids how to use strong passwords is important.

David Elliott
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David Elliott

Definitely, need to find ways to check what your children doing online. It’s important to be able to monitor that for family safety. But not just bad sights but for signs of bullying and other things as well.

Binge on Basics
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Binge on Basics

Creating strong passwords is the first and the basic step to be safe on internet. Very informative post indeed

Monique Starks
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Monique Starks

This is SO important. The internet has too many weirdos these days. Thanks for sharing!!