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Safety First - Back-to-School Safety

Back-to-School Safety

By:  Rob Baquera, Public Information Officer, Roseville Police Department

 

It is unknown what school will look like in the fall, but one thing is certain: kids will be using technology more and more. From chat forums, to google classroom to Zoom meetings, we’re confident kids will be spending more time online for educational and entertainment purposes.

 

Kids with online access have many opportunities to socialize and get education; however, those opportunities present both benefits and risks. Adults can be a vital influence in helping to reduce some of those risks. Some benefits of online access include staying connected with friends and family; watching educational videos on sites like YouTube; learning a new skill or craft; and participating in their school’s virtual learning. Some of the risks include cyberbullying; sexting; and exposure to content that is not age appropriate.

 

Ways parents, family members, or adults can help keep kids safe online is to talk to them about potential risks. Having open communication about what content is age-appropriate can also help kids make better and safer decisions.

 

A major risk for kids to know about is cyber security; this risk has the potential to cause emotional or physical harm. Kids should know about phishing (fraudulent email or communication intended to get the recipient to click a link or reveal personal information) and email scams. They should never provide any financial information in a text (a phone conversation is better suited for that type of information exchange). Most important, kids should be instructed to never give their personal information (e.g., name, age, school, home address, etc.) to anyone they communicate with online, unless they have adult or parental permission to do so.

 

Kids should know how to block numbers on their cell phone – especially when they receive messages from people they do not know or receive content they did not subscribe to. It’s also very important that kids do not take, send, or forward any sexually explicit photos, videos, or messages from a mobile device. That kind of content is known as sexting and can have damaging and lasting effects on their reputation and friendships, but more importantly, it can be a violation of state law.

 

When kids know and understand the consequences, they tend to make better choices. If they have questions or have had a negative online experience, they should know that they can ask their parent(s), teacher, trusted adult, or school resource officer.

Kids should be instructed to never give their personal information (e.g., name, age, school, home address, etc.) to anyone they communicate with online, unless they have adult or parental permission to do so.

 

When kids know and understand the consequences, they tend to make better choices. If they have questions or have had negative online experiences, they should know that they can ask their parent(s), teacher, trusted adult, or school resource officer.

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