The most important tip Garcia reminds her students of constantly is to remember…everything you do online needs parent or guardian permission.
“Young students should know that they really do need to check in with their parent or guardian or another trusted adult when they are doing things on the Internet,” said Garcia. She also had several other helpful tips for adults as they teach their kids acceptable Internet use.
- When visiting sites, make sure it is appropriate for your age level.
- Do not give personal information online without your parent/guardian’s permission.
- Get your parents’ permission before doing any of the following:
- Posting pictures
- Making purchases
- Creating new accounts.
- When someone online says something that makes you feel uncomfortable or upset, make sure to tell a trusted adult.
- When creating a password, make sure to use a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols (if able).
- Do not share your password with anyone except your parent/guardian.
- Do not respond to mean messages online.
- Never meet anyone in person whom you’ve met online without your parent/guardian’s permission.
- Be mindful of what you post online. Before posting your message, re-read it and ask yourself, “If I read this, how would this message make me feel?”
- There is a lot of misinformation on the internet, if there is something you do not understand, ask a trusted adult.
- Do not go around the computer protocols that have been put in place. They are there for a reason.
Linden Charter Academy, located in Flint, Michigan, is a partner school in the National Heritage Academies network of over 90 tuition-free, public charter schools across nine states, serving more than 60,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, visit nhaschools.com.