The Internet is an amazing resource for people of all ages. A solid awareness of Information Fluency coupled with a sense of good digital citizenship will keep any Web user on the straight and narrow. But what about beginners? What are the best basic Internet safety rules we can give to young ones who are venturing into cyberspace on their maiden voyage? That’s what this infographic from Pumpic focuses on. It features 10 timeless and trusty Internet safety rules for kids exploring online for the first time.
While we here at the GDCF don’t believe that the Web is strictly a dark place for cyber-criminals that act in shadow, we still encourage everyone to recognize that some online perils exist. A good dose of common sense goes a long way in keeping us safe online. The Internet safety rules in this infographic are ones that not only kids can benefit from, but that all of us can. The folks at Pumpic seem to agree:
“Our infographic with 10 guiding principles aims to ensure your child is both safe and responsible online. The Internet needn’t be a dangerous place if treated with caution and respect.”
10 Internet Safety Rules: A Brief Snapshot
Let’s take a look at a rundown of the Internet safety rules provided in the infographic.
- Post Mindfully: This is how we represent ourselves online, and the permanence of the information we place on the Web.
- Be Socially Conscious: How we manage our social media profiles is very important.
- Don’t Go Phishing: Be aware of email scams and suspicious links.
- Talk About Cyberbullying: Make sure kids have someone safe to open up to if they see or experience online bullying.
- Keep Kind in Mind: Always be kind and friendly online; no exceptions.
- Power in Passwords: Always make sure passwords are unique and special; use specific guidelines when creating them.
- Watch In-App Purchases: Be careful when upgrading a new game or app—it can add up to a lot of additional costs.
- Danger Zones: Avoid unfriendly risky places on the Web. Always talk to a parent or teacher about where to avoid.
- Know When to Shut Off: The Web needn’t take up all hours of our free time. Learn when it’s healthy to walk away and leave the computer alone.
- Watch What You Share: Be careful about sharing personal information online.
This Internet safety tips infographic also features advice that will keep you and your loved ones safe. Enjoy searching, learning, and sharing. That’s what our Internet is for.