Online safety matters now more than ever. Both children and adults are increasingly turning to digital tools for school, work, and socializing. Here are a few tips to keep your kids safe online:
- Set internet ground rules. For example, limit devices before distance learning tasks are complete, during meals, or after a specific time. Consider involving your children in creating the rules. Their involvement may incentivize them to adhere to the guidelines you set together.
- Modify how you monitor. Even the strictest content blockers cannot ensure that your kids are totally protected online. The best tools for keeping kids safe are time, attention, and active conversations about digital behaviors.
- Learn about platforms and devices. Taking an interest in games, platforms, and devices your kids use will help you understand the behaviors your kids observe online.
- Chat IRL (in real life). Talk to your kids about maintaining healthy relationships online. Give them opportunities to talk about anything uncomfortable happening to them online.
If your kids are dealing with cyberbullies or potential online enticement, report it immediately. Visit the Report Cyberbullying website to learn how to best document and report negative behaviors online.
Employee Resources and Benefits
The Department of Homeland Security cares about you and your family. If you need support navigating internet safety for your kids, there are resources in place to help you support your loved ones. Your Component Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can provide counseling services for you or any member of your household at no cost. Contact your Component EAP specialist or reach out to the DHS Worklife Specialists for more information on programs that can help you with your dependent care needs.