Internet 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.

The internet is a great place to find out more about our world, but it is important to use it wisely! In this lesson, learn about ways to stay safe when you are out there surfing the web!

Let's Go Surfing!

We are going surfing, but not in the ocean! Have you ever heard someone say they are going to 'surf the net?' This means they are going to explore the internet, or the World Wide Web. It is amazing to think that without even leaving your house, you can learn about people and things all over the world just by accessing the internet from your computer or tablet. Using the internet you can do research for a project or learn about other cultures. But it can also be a dangerous place, and this is why it is important to be safe when you're out there surfing!

The internet can be an exciting place to learn lots of information.
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Internet Users

There are millions of great people in the world! But we know that sadly there are some people who are not so great, and they want to harm other people. There are people who use the internet to try to do this harm. Therefore it is important to protect yourself from these people, who are often called predators. Using some simple strategies can help you stay away from the predators.

Millions of people all over the world use the internet, so it is important to stay safe.
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Don't Overshare

Sharing is a good thing, right? You have probably been taught from an early age that it is nice to share. And that is normally true, but when it comes to the internet it is safer not to share. Personal information should be just that, personal. So if you encounter someone who wants to know your address or phone number, don't share that information.

There are other things that you should be careful about sharing. It's tempting to take a selfie and post it online, but you will want to check with an adult before putting pictures of yourself on the internet. Also, never share your passwords with strangers, or even people you know.

Be Cautious

One of the biggest problems on the internet today is cyber bullying, or when people bully others through emails or social media. If someone is sending you messages that make you uncomfortable, show them to an adult. Also, be cautious about what you send as well. If it is something you would not want to say to someone in person, you probably shouldn't send it online.

Be careful with sending messages, and let someone know if you receive messages that are threatening.
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