The following information will help keep your children safe online:

  Get involved

Monitor what websites your children are visiting and know who they're chatting with online. Educate your children of online dangers, such as inappropriate websites, cyberbullying, online scams and identity theft.

  Talk to your children about their internet habits

Start an open and honest dialogue with your children about their internet habits. The more comfortable they feel talking to you, the better the chance they'll come to you when issues arise.

Stress the importance of privacy, especially on social media. Encourage your children to tell you if they feel threatened by someone or uncomfortable because of something online, then report the incident to the police and social networking site. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires websites to obtain parental consent before collecting, using or disclosing personal information from children under age 13.

  Let the computer help you

Consider using parental control software to limit the websites your child can access. This is especially helpful for younger children who can accidentally access inappropriate content.

Security Suite parental control options allow you to set time constraints, monitor web surfing activity and block inappropriate or harmful websites. Learn more.

  Keep the computer in a central location

Having the computer in a central location can help foster family discussion about what's on the internet and will help you closely monitor what your children are viewing online.

  Set time limits for online access

Limit the amount of time your children spend online and encourage them to get involved with after-school or extra-curricular activities.

Security Suite parental controls allow you limit the number of hours allowed for web browsing in a single day. Learn more.

  Monitor social media activity

Set boundaries for social media websites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) and social apps like Snapchat. Configure privacy settings to block messages from strangers and approve your children's list of friends or followers. You can also use web-filtering software to block unauthorized chat rooms.

  Protect your child's privacy online

Know who your children interact with online and provide guidelines on giving out personal information. Review the private policies of websites your child visits. The federal government requires many websites to meet a number of parental and safety guidelines. These include making it clear how personal information will be used and getting parental permission to collect information from anyone 13 or younger. Learn more about these government regulations and how to protect your children's personal information. It's also important to educate your children on who to contact when they feel threatened.

If you think a website has collected or disclosed information from your children or marketed to them in a way that violates the law, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission by calling (877) FTC-HELP or filing a complaint online. Learn more about how to keep your children's personal information safe online.

  Educate your children about cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is the bullying, taunting or harassing of another person, especially a child, through email, instant message, text message, social media or other interactive technology. Electronic devices such as computers, gaming consoles and cell phones are often used in cyberbullying.

Many children are afraid to report cyberbullying. If your child is being cyberbullied, report it to your child's school or local law enforcement based on the intent and content of the message. Be sure to save the messages for evidence.

Online resources, such as i-Safe and INOBTR, provide information on recognizing signs of cyberbullying and steps that can be taken to prevent it.

  Talk to other parents

Talk to other parents about what they're doing to keep their children safe online.

  Utilize online resources

Sites such as, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and and Project Safe Childhood provide online safety information.