Keep Your Family Safe From Online Predators – Internet Safety Tips for Parents, Kids & Teens

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Internet Safety for Parents:

Children and teens use a wide array of online services, and each can have different safety concerns. There are some basic tips, however, that you can utilize for all types of internet use.

Make sure the computer your children have access to is in a communal area of your home.

Set limits with your kids as to which sites they may have access to and for how long.

Remember, technology is mobile now, so make sure to monitor cell phones, gaming devices, and laptops. Installing a parental control app may give you some additional peace of mind.

Spend time with your kids online. Let them show you what they like to do online.

Be aware of who is communicating with your kids online and set rules and boundaries for social networking, messaging, chatting, e-mailing, gaming, and webcam use.

Keep a continuous dialogue with your children about online safety.

There are many online tools available to help control control your childrens’ access to adult material and help protect them from Online predators. Although no option is going to guarantee that they’ll be safe from all of the risks on the Internet, it may help reduce their risk. Do your research and find your best options.

Many Internet service providers provide parental control options to block certain items and content from coming onto a computer. You can also get software that helps block access to certain sites based on a “bad site” list that your ISP creates. There are filtering programs can block sites from coming in and restrict personal information from being sent online. Other programs can monitor and track online activity.

Make sure your kids create a screen name that you know to protect their real identity.

There can be warning signs if a child being or becoming a target of an online predator. These may include: spending more than the usual amount of time online, especially at night, phone calls from people you don’t know, or unsolicited gifts arriving in the mail. Changes in your child’s behavior: If they suddenly turn off the computer when you walk into the room. Be sure to question why and monitor their computer time more often and more closely. Withdrawal from daily activities and family life can also be a warning sign.

Be sure to contact your police department and/or the FBI if your child has received pornography or has been the target of an online sex offender.

Internet Safety Tips for Kids and Teens

Never post your personal information, such as a cell phone number, home number, home address, or your location on any social networking site or through mobile apps like Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram.

Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on the internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents or guardian right away. Some people may not be who they say they are.

Check with your parents before you post pictures of yourself or others online. Do not post inappropriate pictures of anyone.

Never respond to mean or rude texts, messages, and e-mails. Delete any unwanted messages. You may need to delete friends who continuously bother you or post things that are not appropriate.

NEVER share your password with anyone, including your best friend. The only people who should know your password are your parents or guardian.

Do not download or install software or anything on your computer or cell phone before checking with your parents or guardian.

Use the privacy settings of social networking sites.

If anything makes you feel uncomfortable online, while gaming or when using your cell phone, talk with your parents or guardian right away.

 

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Campus Safety Tips + U.S. School Safety Rankings

Campus Safety

Safety should be a great concern for college students and parents. The level of campus security presence, emergency protocols, campus and local crime rates, as well as substance and alcohol use are important factors to consider when choosing a school.

Be sure to read our top 10 school safety ranking lists following these important tips to stay safe while on campus…

  1. Speak up if something looks or feels wrong. If someone looks suspicious, report it to campus security and/or a RA. If someone looks in distress, ask if they are ok. Many times incident are avoided because someone steps up and takes notice.
  2. Always avoid the use of drugs and never accept open drinks from anyone. Tampered drinks and overdoses are more common in college communities.
  3. Inform your family or friends of your plans. Let them know, at least a general idea, of where you’re going and what your plans are. That way if you don’t check in or make it home, they will know what to do and that is is important to get help.
  4. Know the locations of the emergency blue-light phones on your campus. These phones connect you directly to campus security.
  5. Stay aware and alert of your surroundings. Always be mindful of people who look suspicious, out of place, or who are hanging around poorly lit areas with little traffic or no one around. Early detection can be key in avoiding becoming a victim of a crime.
  6. Considered getting a safety app on your phone. These apps can automatically notify the police in the event of an emergency.
  7. Learn self-defense. Take a class, sometimes offered at no or low cost on campuses, to learn how to best disable and escape a would-be attacker.
  8. Never accept rides from strangers or casual acquaintances. Period. Use a service like Lyft or Uber instead.

Safest U.S. College Towns:

  1. Brookings, South Dakota
  2. Charleston, Illinois
  3. Rexburg, Idaho
  4. Elon, North Carolina
  5. Canyon, Texas
  6. Durham, New Hampshire
  7. Highland Heights, Kentucky
  8. Amherst, Massachusetts
  9. Princeton, New Jersey
  10. Pullman, Washington

U.S. Colleges (4 year schools) with the Highest Crime Rates:

  1. Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina
  2. Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Barranquitas, Puerto Rico
  3. Central Sate University, Wilburton, Ohio
  4. Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  5. Gallaudet University, Washington D. C.
  6. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Cheyney, Pennsylvania
  7. Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  8. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  9. St. Augustines University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  10. Reed College, Portland, Oregon

Best campus Security – U.S. Colleges

  1. Columbus State Community College, Ohio
  2. East Central University, Oklahoma
  3. Erskine College, South Carolina
  4. Kansas Sate University, Kansas
  5. Louisiana Sate University – Eunice, Louisiana
  6. Arkansas State University, Arkansas
  7. Marshall University, West Virginia
  8. Northeast Sate Community College, Tennessee
  9. Oakton Community College, Illinois

Safest U.S. Colleges 

  1. Arkansas State University, Arkansas
  2. Sheridan College, Wyoming
  3. Lake Land College, Illinois
  4. Southern University @ New Orleans, Louisiana
  5. Erskine College, South Carolina
  6. Central Texas College, Texas
  7. Southern Plains College, Texas
  8. Virginia Western Community College, Virginia
  9. Northeast State Community College, Tennessee
  10. Delgado Community College, Louisiana