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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Monique Starks
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Monique Starks

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

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

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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