Are you buying new electronics for the children in your life this holiday season? Are you discussing how they will use those devices safely? I had the privilege of spending time with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Juliettes and Troops 1435, 1053, 2282, 4313, 2449 and 4426 last night. We had good discussions about online safety and responsibility. Here are the tips they wanted to share to help keep you and your family safe while using these great new devices:
- Carefully read through your comments, texts and postings before you hit send.
- Don’t share personal information and if you have to, be sure it is on a secure site.
- Check the privacy settings on your devices and apps and use them to your advantage.
- Never post inappropriate pictures, words or images – protect your reputation.
- Be careful about what you say on the Internet, can it be misunderstood or hurt someone’s feelings?
- Don’t get involved in Cyberbullying, but stand up for others.
- Don’t rush to click on a link or download a game or app, check it out, make sure it is appropriate and there are no hidden costs.
- Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say in person.
- Check with your parents when thinking about new apps or games, let them help you figure out if it is appropriate for your age and interests.
- Don’t assume just because you see it online, it is real or the truth.
- When you use “text talk”, make sure you know what it means, LOL – is it Laughing Out Loud or Lots of Love…
- Use emojis carefully, they too can be misunderstood.
- Use spellcheck, proofread, use punctuation to be sure what you say is what you mean.
- Have empathy for others, and
- Spread support!
The Girl Scout Law shares that Girl Scouts will be “friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong”. I loved being with the ladies of these troops who exemplify those words both in the real world and online. Enjoy your new holiday presents safely with these smart words from the girls.
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