Get the Facts About Digital Safety

Thanks to smartphones and other portable devices, youth today can be online everywhere they go. That’s why now, more than ever, education is key to online safety.  We’ve teamed up with Yahoo ! Safely (http://safely.yahoo.com) to bring you their top digital safety tips you can share with your kids.

  • Own your digital reputation.Stop and think before you share a thought or forward a photo.  The Internet is a public space, so before you share photos or personal details, make sure it’s information that you’d share with your parents, teachers or schools.
  • Think about what you text.  Texting is core to staying connected with your friends, and half of you send more than 1500 texts a month*.  What you text is a reflection of you, so be thoughtful about what you text and confident that your texts portray you the right way. 
  • Be an upstander not a bystander. If you choose to stand by and watch, laugh or do nothing when you see bullying happen, you become part of the problem. Don’t be a passive bystander. Report inappropriate content or behavior.
  • Think before you open. Viruses are computer programs that harm software, data, and/or hardware. Viruses can arrive in email, so Yahoo! Mail has free, automatic virus scanning and cleaning, but not all viruses can be detected. To be safer, never open emails or attachments from strangers.
  • Have a family chat.Talking with your parents or guardians doesn’t mean giving up your privacy. Everyone benefits when you’re on the same page about online activities, including when you can go online, how long you can stay, and what activities you can do online.
  • Know your rights.You have the right to not respond to email or other messages that are inappropriate or make you feel uncomfortable. If you get a message that doesn’t feel right, show it to your parents, guardians, or another trusted adult and report the incident to your Internet service provider.
  • Protect your personal information. When you send email, texts, photos or instant messages to people who are not trusted friends or family, don’t give out personal information they could use to find your physical location or exploit you.

Yahoo! is committed to helping create a safer online experience for everyone. Visit Yahoo! Safely and get the facts about digital safety. Yahoo! Safely (http://safely.yahoo.com) is a global resource to inform parents, teens, and educators about important topics such as managing your “digital reputation” and learning how to minimize risks on mobile devices. With 29 sites worldwide, the site offers videos, simple strategies, and advice from internationally known safety experts including Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, NetSmartz, and iKeepSafe. Yahoo! Safely also provides safety guidance for sites such as Yahoo!

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*  Pew Internet:  “Teens and Mobile Phones,” April 20, 2010


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