Risks for children using the Internet
Without filtering and monitoring, your children could accidentally see or share unsuitable content online, or be drawn into inappropriate conversations/exchanges, such as cyberbullying.
Enable parental controls wherever possible to help filter your child's Internet experience.
Internet safety for children
Guide your children to safe, trusted websites. Teach them not to give out their real name, age, address or phone number online.
Ask your kids to show you what they are doing online, and discuss their Internet experiences with them.
Don’t allow your children to use computers unsupervised.
Teach your kids to think carefully and critically about Internet “friends” and information.
Learn which sites your children want to use and decide which are safe to visit and with whom they can chat or email.
- Only use nicknames online, not real names
- Never give out personal information online
- Tell a parent right away if they receive inappropriate material or messages
- Delete emails from strangers and never agree to meet someone in person that they’ve met on the Internet
- Never accept files or downloads from people they do not know
Learn more about protecting your kids online.
Cyberbullying is the use of e-mail, websites, instant messaging, chat rooms, social-networking sites or text messaging to damage someone’s reputation and feelings of self-worth.
Learn about cyberbullying and what to do about it by visiting Public Safety Canada’s Cyberbullying page.
Cybertip.ca: Help protect children from exploitation
Cybertip.ca is Canada’s national tip line for reporting online sexual exploitation of children. It also provides tips on keeping kids safe on the Internet.
Visit Cybertip.ca or call 1 866 658-9022.