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Tech Safety

Technology is a big piece of our lives. It can be very beneficial but if it is not used appropriately it can create problems. All students in grades K-5 will be discussing internet safety at least once this year in the library. Please help our students be safe when they're using technology at home, too! Here are some great resources to help you.

The Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Child Safe While Using Technology

10. Educate yourself. Learn as much as you can. Use the technology yourself. Ask questions. Look up words and websites you don't know.

9. Keep current. Make sure your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs are current. Be aware of the latest technologies, websites, and programs.

8. Evaluate. Read that fine print before agreeing. Be skeptical about that email asking for money.

7. Maintain security. Know your child's passwords. Close laptops or turn webcams when not in use. Create strong passwords or passphrases for your high-risk accounts.

6. Choose cell phone features wisely. Determine what you child really needs versus what they want. Have them sign a contract with you.

5. Honor copyright law. Pay for movies or music instead of downloading them for free. Use copyright-free images on social media sites.

4. Join. The best way to learn about it is to join it and try it yourself.

3. Model appropriate use. Use proper netiquette at home, in the car, at a restaurant. Know what you are downloading.

2. Monitor. Keep the family computer in a public location, such as the kitchen or family room. Put a "curfew" on electronic devices and have them charge in your bedroom. Friend your children. Google your child's name. Pay attention to the cybertrail your child is leaving behind.

1. Communicate. Start young and don't stop. Ask your child questionsReport problems. Use a cell phone contract and internet contract that you and your children sign with expectations. Don't threaten or take away. Listen. Solve the problem without getting upset. Discuss news stories describing the consequences others have faced after inappropriate posts. Talk them through strategies they can use to protect themselves online.


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