Make smart connections
Teach your family not to arrange in-person meetings with people they “meet” online, and not to share personal information with online strangers. Google’s tools make it easy for you and your family to interact online with the people you know and avoid the ones you don’t. When your teens start using online communication tools like Hangouts, Google+, and Blogger, the first step is always to have a conversation about making smart choices and being a good digital citizen.
Advice from our partners
- Supervise your child’s online activities. Monitoring software is no substitute for an involved parent. Know which sites your children use and who their online friends are. Know what they are saying online and talk to them about what types of posts are appropriate.
- Report suspected predators to the National Center for Missing &
Exploited Children®’s CyberTipline®. Report:
- Anyone who sends your child photos or videos containing obscene content.
- Anyone who speaks to your child in a sexual manner.
- Anyone who asks your child to meet in person.
- You can’t trust everyone you meet online. Teach children that the people they meet online may not be who they say they are. Watch Friend or Fake? with younger children (ages 8-12) to start a discussion about not believing everything that people say online. Watch Survivor Diaries with your teen (ages 13-17) to start a discussion about the risks of meeting offline.
- What is the Profile of a Predator? What does an online predator “look like”? The online predator: 1) Blends into society, 2) Is typically clean cut and outwardly law abiding, 3) Is usually white, middle-aged or younger, and male.
- Warning Signs Your child may be in contact with an online predator if he or she becomes secretive about online activities, becomes obsessive about being online, or gets angry when he or she can’t get online.
- How to Talk to your Kids about Internet Predators Communication is key in protecting children from online exploitation. One way to keep children safer is to supervise their online activities or limit their access to sites that can facilitate online interaction with people they don’t know and trust in real life.