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Digital Citizenship Week: How to Keep Kids Safe Online

October 21, 2014

Ever wonder what exactly your kids are doing online? Unsure how to talk to them about posting, tweeting and blogging wisely? In honor of Digital Citizenship Week, Common Sense Media shared their best tips for posting wisely online. We've selected our favorites (and added some of our own) to share with the kids in your life!

Top Things to Think About Before You Post
1. Ask yourself if you would say it in real life. If the answer is no, you shouldn't post it online. If it's something you would not want said about you, don't post it about someone else.
2. Curate your photos like a museum. Don't post anything you wouldn't want your grandmother seeing. Photos posted online can affect your future, from college admissions to job interviews.
3. Check your privacy settings. Be sure only those people you wany reading your profile can read it. Only accept friend requests from people you know and trust, and be sure to think about who's looking at your profile before posting personal information online.
4. Be choosy about the information you put in your social media profile. Do your Facebook friends and Twitter followers really need to know your phone number, email address or home address? Do they need to know where you work? Be cautious about including too much personal and identifying information.
5. Don't engage in cyberbulling. Ever. And don't be a bystander either. What happens online lives on forever and words said via computer can hurt just as much- if not more- than words said face to face. If you see someone being bullied online, speak up and tell a trusted adult.
Do you have tips of your own to stay safe online? Share them with us! And learn more about Digital Citizenship Week on the Common Sense Media website.