Internet Safety Pledges
"House pledges" or "acceptable-use policies" can help provide clear guidelines for safer Internet use. NetSmartz recommends using the "Internet Safety Pledge" to promote safety discussions and create safer boundaries. The pledges correspond with pictures of the NetSmartz villains for their age group. This will assist children in remembering the Internet safety principles even if they are not able to read the words of the pledge.
Real World Safety Pledges
Age-appropriate safety pledges were created for parents and guardians to facilitate in-depth discussions about real-world issues with children.
Internet Safety Pledge
- I will turn off my computer monitor right away and tell a trusted adult if anything makes me feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.
- I will tell my parents or guardian if anyone online asks me my name, my address, my telephone number, or the name and location of my school.
- I will tell my parents or guardian if anyone online asks to meet me in person.
- I will not use rude or mean language on the Internet.
Real World Safety Pledge
- I will check first with my parents, guardians, or other trusted adults before going anywhere, helping anyone, accepting anything, getting into a car, or leaving with anyone.
- I will take a friend with me when going places or playing outside.
- I will tell people "NO" if they try to touch me or do things in ways that make me feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused, because it's OK for me to stand up for myself.
- I will tell my parents, guardians, or other trusted adults if anything happens to me.
Grades 3 - 6
Internet Safety Pledge
- I will talk with my parents or guardian so that we can set up rules for going online. The rules will include the time of day I may be online, the length of time I may be online, whom I may communicate with while online, and appropriate areas for me to visit while online. I will not break these rules or access other areas without their permission.
- I will tell a trusted adult if I come across anything that makes me feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. I will not download anything from anyone without permission from my parents or guardian.
- I will never share personal information such as my address, my telephone number, my parents' or guardian's work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents' or guardian's permission.
- I will never respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. If I do get a message like that, I will tell a trusted adult right away so that he or she can contact the online service. And I will not send those kinds of messages.
- I will never meet in person with anyone I have first "met" online without checking with my parents or guardian. If my parents or guardian agrees to the meeting, it will be in a public place and my parents or guardian must come along.
Reprinted with the permission of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. © 2008 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. All rights reserved.
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