Al­berta RCMP de­tach­ment out­lines In­ter­net safety tips for fam­i­lies

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Alberta - CON­TRIB­UTED

The Cochrane RCMP would like to in­crease the aware­ness of in­ter­net use and safety prac­tices for fam­i­lies. The RCMP want par­ents to be proac­tive to pro­tect chil­dren from on­line ex­ploita­tion. Here are help­ful tips to as­sist par­ents: · Be open with your chil­dren and have re­spect for one an­other.

· Know the apps or sites your chil­dren are us­ing.

· Have com­put­ers, IPads and phones in a com­mon area where you're able to ob­serve what they are do­ing.

· Re­mind kids to never share per­sonal info with strangers this could leave them open to ma­nip­u­la­tion and mis­treat­ment.

· Dis­cuss the dif­fer­ence be­tween healthy and un­healthy re­la­tion­ships.

·Dis­cuss the types of prob­lems that may arise from shar­ing pri­vate and in­ti­mate in­for­ma­tion elec­tron­i­cally, in­clud­ing pic­tures and videos.

· Know who they are talk­ing to – have you met them in per­son and do you have their con­tact in­for­ma­tion? Any­one can be any­one on the in­ter­net.

· Ex­plain to your chil­dren, adults should not try to be­come friends with them or ask them in­ap­pro­pri­ate ques­tions. If this oc­curs, it is NOT safe and they should tell a safe adult.

· Tell your chil­dren to never ar­range for a one-on-one meet­ing with any­one they meet on­line.

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