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family safety week

Family safety week is held on April 23-27 

Here are some top tips for keeping your family safe online

  • Talk with your family about online safety -  Talk to them about the issues and dangers around the internet that they may not be aware of  and most of all make sure that they feel comfortable enough to ask for guidance when they encounter tough decisions. This can help your family feel safe exploring the Internet on their own.
  • Use technology together- It’s a good way to teach online safety, and it creates opportunities for you to address online safety topics with your family as they come up.
  • Discuss online services and sites. Talk with your family about which kind of sites they like to visit and what is appropriate for each family member.
  • Protect passwords- Help your family learn how to set secure passwords online. Remind your family not to give out their passwords, except maybe to trusted adults, like a parent. Make sure that they make a habit of signing out of their online accounts when they are on public computers at school, in a café or at the library.
  • Teach your family to communicate responsibly- Talk about how what you say online might make other people feel, and come up with family guidelines about what kind of communication is appropriate.
  • Protect your computer and identity- Use antivirus software and update it regularly, Talk with your family about the types of personal information – phone number or home address – that should not be posted online. Teach your family not to accept files or to open email attachments from unknown people