For many children and teens, their online world is significantly intertwined with their offline world. Making friends, doing homework, being entertained, playing games, and sometimes even going to school. It is a daily and essential part of their lives.
Technology is constantly changing,
and children change with it.
New websites, apps, games, and gadgets
offer new opportunities for exploiters to
ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING CHAPTERS
DID YOU KNOW?
Studies show parents are not talking with their children enough about their digital activity. Read more about the data on screen time.
WHAT IS ONLINE GROOMING?
Not everyone online is who they say they are, and this can be a difficult concept for some children to understand. Learn how to detect the tactics of predators online and their objectives.
ONLINE GROOMING RED FLAGS
Can you or your child recognize these signs? Predators are very patient and move much slower than you may think...
SIGNS OF ONLINE ABUSE
It can be difficult to tell if a minor is being groomed or abused and not all children will recognize what is happening as abuse. Signs aren’t always obvious, and some can be hidden or masked by what might be considered normal behavior changes growing up.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A FAKE ACCOUNT
An O.U.R. operator shares the best practices for how to flag a fake account.
ONLINE PRIVACY + RELATIONSHIPS
Healthy boundaries and behavior are an important part of any relationship. Just like offline, a healthy relationship online is built on mutual respect and trust. The qualities of healthy relationships should be the same online as they are in person.
POPULAR APPS + RISKS
Do you know the apps your child is using? If your child has it, you should have it.
YOUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINT
Your digital footprint includes anything that is shared publicly online, including: images, videos, livestreams, comments, and likes. Follow these guidelines to ensure you and your family are safe and responsible online.
It’s never easy to start a difficult conversation with your children. A child is unlikely to know they've been groomed. They might be worried or confused and less likely to speak to an adult they trust. Check out our Conversation Starters for Online Safety.
The most effective prevention is an educated child.
The best tool for keeping children safe is open, continuous conversation about online safety. It’s up to parents and guardians to start this conversation so kids can navigate the online world safely and responsibly.