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Safety Pledges

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.

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.

Primary

Internet Safety Rules

  1. I will tell my trusted adult if anything makes me feel sad, scared, or confused.
  2. I will ask my trusted adult before sharing information like my name, address, and phone number.
  3. I won't meet face-to-face with anyone from the Internet.
  4. I will always use good netiquette and not be rude or mean online.

Real-World Safety Rules

  1. I will always check first with my parent, guardian, or other trusted adult before going anywhere, helping anyone, accepting anything, or getting into a car.
  2. I will take a friend with me when going places or playing outside.
  3. I will tell people "NO" if they try to touch or hurt me. It's OK for me to stand up for myself.
  4. I will tell my trusted adult if anything makes me feel sad, scared, or confused.

Intermediate

Internet Safety Rules

  1. I will tell my trusted adult if anything makes me feel sad, scared, or confused.
  2. I will ask my trusted adult before sharing information like my name, address, and phone number.
  3. I won't meet face-to-face with anyone from the Internet.
  4. I will always use good netiquette and not be rude or mean online.

Real-World Safety Rules

  1. I will always check first with my parent, guardian, or other trusted adult before going anywhere, helping anyone, accepting anything, or getting into a car.
  2. I will take a friend with me when going places or playing outside.
  3. I will tell people "NO" if they try to touch or hurt me. It's OK for me to stand up for myself.
  4. I will tell my trusted adult if anything makes me feel sad, scared, or confused.

Middle and High School

Internet Safety Rules


  1. I WILL THINK BEFORE I POST.
  2. I agree not to post information and images that could put me at risk, embarrass me, or damage my future, such as

    • cell & home phone numbers
    • home address
    • sexual messages
    • inappropriate pictures and videos
  3. I WILL RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE ONLINE.
  4. I will not

    • post anything rude, offensive, or threatening
    • send or forward images and information that might embarrass, hurt, or harass someone
    • take anyone's personal information and use it to damage his or her reputation
  5. I WILL BE CAREFUL WHEN MEETING ONLINE FRIENDS IN PERSON.
  6. I agree to

    • ask my parent or guardian's permission before going
    • have a parent or guardian accompany me
    • meet in a public place
  7. I WILL PROTECT MYSELF ONLINE.
  8. If someone makes me feel uncomfortable or if someone is rude or offensive, I will

    • not respond
    • save the evidence
    • tell my parent, guardian, or another trusted adult
    • report to the website, cell phone company, CyberTipline.com, or the police