Internet Safety Tips for Kids - Guide for Parents

posted May 16, 2017, 12:22 PM by Jude Raffeinner
Adult and boy seated at a computer

Quote from Internet Safety Article on

"You've heard it before: internet safety for kids is one of the most important topics in today's connected society. But how, exactly, can you keep your child safe online?

While every family treats the internet and cell phone use differently, CNBC reports that kids are receiving their first internet-capable device younger and younger every year. As adults, we understand that the infinite opportunities offered by the internet can be staggering. But for children and young teenagers yet to understand, the dangers that lurk in the shadowy corners of cyberspace might appear benevolent and innocent--at first glance.

What's a parent to do? Cyber technology is hardly optional anymore - in fact, in 2015 the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) went so far as to classify the internet as a utility, like electricity and water, as opposed to a luxury.

Teachers use websites and apps to manage homework assignments, and Google is practically an extension of our brains nowadays. With benefits come risks, however, and as parents, we need to know how to protect our kids from the dark side of a constant connection.

Don't worry, help is on the way: I'm going to share with you the most important things for parents, teachers, counselors, and authority figures to do to keep children safe online."