Together for a Better Internet

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Yesterday was Facebook’s anniversary and it made me start thinking about how it was before we had the internet. For kids, it was a lot harder to put a report together for school. As a mom, the only way to get my groceries or buy clothes and much more, I had to go to a brick and mortar store. That was the good old days! lol! Seriously, I don’t know what I would do without being able to jump on my phone and find exactly what I want and have it delivered to my home in days. My 16 year old can find all the information for a report for school and email it to her teacher when she is done.

I love when my grandkids come over to my home and I can bring up all the trains on YouTube. We can sit there for hours and enjoy the snuggle time. Today, is Safer Internet Day and it got me thinking about those times that they are navigating on their own? With all the positives of the internet, we want our kids to be safe and confident explorers in the online world. We want to know that we have done everything in our power to make them safe. That’s why we need to come together for a better internet for our families by using Be Internet Awesome starting with the program’s New Family Guide and then encourage our kids to put their skills to the test with Interland. You can use the sites quick tips for families for a Safer Internet Day. While you’re at it, you can encourage your child’s school to come together for a better internet too by sharing Be Internet Awesome with their teachers. It’s always a good thing to have conversations with your kids about how to be safe and smart online. Now they have a new tool that can help them achieve that.

Here our Some Tips for your Family


5 tips to help you Be Internet Smart

1. Be a positive presence online just like IRL (in real life). Remember, once something by or about you is online like a photo, comment, or message, it could stay online forever.

2. Think before you post. It’s important to know when to post nothing at all – not to react to somebody’s post, photo, or comment or not to share something that isn’t true.

3. Protect your secrets. Do not share your address, email, phone number, passwords, usernames or school documents with strangers.

4. Donʼt assume that people online will see you the way you think theyʼll see you. Different people can see the same information and draw different conclusions from it.

5. It’s always important to respect other people’s privacy choices, even if they aren’t the choices you’d make yourself. Different situations call for different responses online and offline.


5 tips to help you Be Internet Alert

1. Double check a site for credibility. Before you click on a link or enter your password on a site you haven’t been to before, check that the siteʼs URL matches the product’s or company’s name and information youʼre looking for.

2. Use secure websites. Make sure a website’s URL starts with https://with a little green padlock to the left of it.


3. Don’t fall for scams. If the email or site offers something that sounds too good to be true, like a chance to make a lot of money, it’s almost always too good to be true. Don’t fall for the fake message.

a. Show an image of a pop up on a site that says “It’s your lucky day! You’ve been selected as the winner of a million dollars! [BOX: Click here]

4. It can happen to anyone. If you fall for a scam online, tell your parent, teacher, or other trusted adult right away and change your passwords to your accounts immediately.

5. Attention! Remember that website or ad canʼt tell if thereʼs anything wrong with your device! There are scams that may try to trick you into downloading malware or unwanted software by telling you that thereʼs something wrong with your device.


5 tips to help you Be Internet Strong

1. Create a strong password. Choose at least 8 characters and use combinations of letters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and symbols.

2. Switch it up. Use a different password for each of your important accounts.

3. Get creative. Donʼt use a password thatʼs easy to guess, like your nickname, just the name of your school, favorite basketball team, a string of numbers (like 123456), etc. And definitely don’t use the word “password”!

4. Avoid getting personal. Donʼt use personal information (name, address, email, phone number, Social Security number, motherʼs maiden name, birth dates, etc.), or common words in your password.

5. Don’t hesitate to change your password. Immediately change your password if you know or believe it may be known by someone other than a trusted adult.


5 Tips to help you Be Internet Kind

1. Follow the golden rule! Treat others how you’d like to be treated, both online and IRL (in real life).

2. Be an Upstander! An Upstander fights bad behavior and stands up for kindness and positivity.

○ Example: Report the harassment. Tell someone who can help, like a parent, teacher, or school counselor.

3. Do simple actions to turn negative interactions into positive ones.

○ Example: If someone posts something negative online to a friend, get a bunch of friends to create a “pile-on of kindness” – post lots of kind comments about the person being bullied (but nothing mean about the aggressor, because you’re setting an example, not retaliating)

4. Make good decisions when choosing what to say and how to deliver it.

○ Example: Don’t type something online if you wouldn’t say it in real life.

5. Spread kindness online.


5 tips to help you Be Internet Brave

1. Found something negative? Say something! If you come across something that makes you feel uncomfortable or worse, report it – be brave and talk to someone you trust who can help, including a teacher, the principal, or a parent.

2. Talk it out. Asking for help when you’re not sure what to do is a brave thing to do. If it’s to help you or someone heal something hurtful or stop harm from happening, it’s both smart and courageous.

3. Report and/or block inappropriate content. Reporting can help the people involved, their community, and the platforms themselves if we use the tools to block and/or report on a site or app.

4. Get proof. Before blocking or reporting inappropriate content, it’s always wise to take a screenshot so that you have a record of the situation.

5. Don’t be afraid! If you receive a creepy message or comment from a stranger, show a trusted adult, block and report them.

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