Basic safety skills are essential for kids' safety and privacy. Here are the areas kids will need to be responsible for, plus some best practices. Texting
- Be respectful -- both to the people you're texting with and those around you.
- Be careful. Assume that even "private" texts can become public.
- Verify the caller or texter . Don't respond to numbers you don't know.
- Answer the phone when it's Mom or Dad. Make sure your kid knows to answer when it's YOU calling!
Apps and downloads
- Ask permission. Before you snap someone's picture, take a video, or forward something, ask if it's OK.
- Don't publicly embarrass people. Don't post someone's photo -- especially unflattering ones -- from your cell phone without permission.
- Manage costs. Make sure your kids understand that they're spending real money when they download apps, games, and music.
- Use filters. Check your phone for parental controls that let you filter out age-inappropriate content, restrict downloads, and prevent in-app purchases.
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- Be selective -- not impulsive. Make sure kids know to be very selective about what they post from their cell phone.
- Be safe. Explain why they shouldn't use location services.