Computer Safety: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Computers are a part of everyday life, so it is important to use them carefully. In this lesson, identify ways to use a computer safely by taking precautions online and keeping your workspace safe.

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Can you believe there was a time when computers didn't exist? It seems hard to imagine, because technology is such a huge part of our lives now. While it's fun to go online and check out the latest video or game, there are important safety precautions to remember when using computers. Let's find out how to keep our use of technology safe!

Computers give us ways to learn, play, work, connect with others, and relax.
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Safe Workspace

Do you know how to keep your computer safe? Let's say you've just gotten home from a long day at school. You want to grab a drink and a snack and hop online. Sounds great, right? But be careful! Food and drink close to your computer could be a recipe for disaster! If food or liquids spill onto a computer, it can be permanently damaged. So eat before you play, or save that snack for later.

Do you think it is a good idea to surround this computer with food and drink?
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Use your computer in a designated workspace, an area set aside for using technology. This could be an office or even in a space in your living room, as long as it is away from dangers like food and drink.

You may need to carry your computer from one area to the next. If so, use both hands and be very careful. Technology is not cheap, so you want to keep it safe and like new for as long as possible. Keeping it in a safe place also means it's less likely to get lost or stolen.

Personal Security

Clearly, it's important to keep your computer safe, but what about yourself? Computers allow us to do amazing things, but we have to protect ourselves from those who might not always have our best interest in mind.

Never share your password with anyone other than your parents. This is your personal information, and you don't want someone else to log into your computer or accounts. Be sure to select a password that's very difficult to guess, including numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and even symbols.

Keep your passwords private and make them as difficult to guess as possible.
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