BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - June is Internet Safety Month, and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is using the occasion to remind parents about tips to keep their children safe when they are online.
"Surfing the web offers incredible opportunities for learning and entertainment, but unfortunately your child may be one click away from danger," Attorney General Caldwell said. "Without the proper supervision, children can easily be exposed to inappropriate material and messages, be exploited by sexual predators and even fall victim to con artists."
Attorney General Caldwell encourages parents to establish ground-rules before allowing their children to access the Internet and to use common sense during family Internet time. Caldwell offers the following safety tips for parents to share with their children:
- Do not give out any personal information such as address, telephone number, photos of yourself, parents' work address/telephone number, or the name or location of your school without parents' permission.
- Never assume others are really who they say they are.
- Never agree to meet with an online acquaintance.
- Do not pick screen names that give away personal information.
- Do not respond to any message that makes you feel uncomfortable, and report it to a parent or guardian. Follow your parents' rules for using the Internet.
Caldwell also encourages parents to be proactive and monitor their child's online activities. This includes e-mails, text messages, instant messaging, and posts to social media.