Tips for Setting up Your Home for Remote Work and Learning
Tips for Spotting and Stopping Misinformation on COVID-19
6 Tips to Protect Your Family on Video Chat Apps
5 Ways to Handle Bullying Online
Tips for Setting New Screen Time Rules
Safety Tips for Kids Gaming Online
Tips for Safe and Healthy Social Media Use
Tips for Protecting Your Privacy Online
We recommend the following sites as a guide for you on your internet journey!
Helpful guide in teaching safe use of technology, privacy, and security
- Center on Media & Child Health
Tips on healthy media use based on medical researches conducted by Harvard Medical, Children’s Hospital Boston, and Harvard School of Public Health
- Net Family News
A blog and newsletter on parenting, youth tech, and digital safety
- Internet Safety for KIds & Families (ISKF)
A blog on all things online safety, media literacy, and digital citizenship
Safety measures in searching online
Enable safe search mode (Requires a logged in account to set preferences)
For iOS – Secure devices, set privacy restrictions and parental controls
- Use parental controls on your child’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
- Prevent in-app purchases from App Store
- Download Mobicip for advanced internet filtering and safe browsing (also available in Android)
For Android – Secure devices, set privacy, restrictions and parental controls
- Manage device, apps, & screen time
- Set up parental controls on Google Play
- Purchase approvals on Google Play
Social Media Security
- Parent Guide to Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Roblox, Cyberbullying, etc.
- Tips for Strong, Secure Passwords & Other Authentication Tools
- Share photos with your phone wisely
- Setting tag alerts in Facebook
- Setting tag alerts in Instagram
- How to protect your Tweets
- Enable two-factor authentication on Twitter
- Percentage of College Admissions Officers Who Visit Applicants’ Social Networking Pages Continues to Grow — But Most Students Shrug (Kaplan Test Prep Survey, November 2014)
- They Loved Your G.P.A., Then They Saw Your Tweets (New York Times, November 2013)
- Social Networking Sites and College Admissions – How to Stand Out from the Competition in a Good Way
- 10 Ways to Manage Your Social Media Footprint (Kaplan Test Prep)
- In College Admissions, Social Media Can Be a Double-Edged Sword (New York Times, November 2013)
- Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Student-Athletes (Athletic Business, October 2013)
- 5 Easy Ways to Find Our Who’s Searching for You Online (MakeUseOf.com, December 2019)
- Are you talking about me? How to get alerted when your name is used online (ZDNet.com, March 2017)
- How to create a Google Alert | YouTube Video
- Set-up email under parent account, for kids under 13 (FlagrantDisregard.com, February 2007)
- Chat/Text Abbreviations (Cyberbullying.org, August 2014)
- Trend Micro Free Tools
Internet Safety Blog
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