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Internet Safety Tips From Germantown Police Department

The internet is a great resource for children, but it can also be a dangerous place. Here are some tips to help keep your children safe online:

- Never share personal information with strangers online. This includes your name, address, phone number, or any other information that could be used to identify you.

- Be careful about what you post online. Once something is posted online, it can be difficult to remove. Think twice before you post anything that you wouldn't want your parents or other adults to see.

- Be wary of emails, links, and attachments from strangers. These can often contain malware or viruses that can harm your computer.

- Use strong passwords and change them regularly. A strong password is at least 8 characters long and includes a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

- Install security software on your computer and keep it up to date. This software can help to protect your computer from malware and viruses.

- Talk to your children about internet safety. Explain the risks of online predators and cyberbullying, and teach them how to stay safe.

By following these tips, you can help to keep your children safe online.

Here are some additional tips for parents:

- Set up parental controls on your computer and router. This will allow you to restrict the websites that your children can visit and the apps that they can use.

- Monitor your children's online activity. This doesn't mean you have to read every email or text message they send, but you should be aware of the websites they visit and the people they interact with online.

- Talk to your children about internet safety on a regular basis. The internet is constantly changing, so it's important to keep the conversation going.