Internet Safety Dos and Don’ts for Students

The topic of Internet safety for students is more than a set of rules and list of do’s and don’ts. Instead, it must be a combination of common sense, parental supervision, and vigilance against possible attacks. Students are at a higher risk of attack by a predator because the very nature of their Internet use will expose them to a plethora of websites as they are preparing research for their assignment.

Some of the websites they will access will be phishing for information while others will seek to glean personal information for marketing purposes. Still other sites, especially those that contain forums and blogs and are known to be visited by students and minors in general are a hotbed for predators that are waiting to make contact with a child.

Internet safety for students begins at home and teens will do well to listen to parents and caregivers about the attention they need to pay when interacting with others. While there are undoubtedly times when having contact with another online entity, such as a webmaster or forum poster is appropriate, there will be times when others may seek to take advantage of this contact. If students are made aware of the potential pitfalls, they will be less likely to become part of a statistic.

Yet Internet safety for students does not only take place online, it also takes place off line and in their surroundings. For example, there are those times when an Internet predator is actually looking for kids and teens using the ‘Net to strike up a conversation. Depending on the sites the minors are visiting, the predator will have an easy in for the sake of conversation and thus students need to be aware to watch themselves when interacting with strangers during research time in public venues as well.

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