Internet Safety Resources for Parents

General Tips

Many social networking sites are not accessible to students who are using District #205 managed hardware and network resources appropriately. 

Students should be at least 13 before using most social media services.

Dealing With Bullies
If your student feels bullied, help us reinforce these three steps to deal with bullying or cyberbullying:

Do not respond to the bully. Bullies enjoy controlling the behavior of others. The first step to beating a bully is showing them they can't control you or your responses. Ignore the bully whenever possible. 

You are in control of your digital world. Use email, social media, & cell phone tools to block the bully's attempts. "Un-friend" and "un-follow" the bully so their social media messages are removed from view. The less you are exposed to the bully's messages, the more power you have over the bully. Your internet service providers and your cellular service providers can also help you block bullies if needed.

Contact your parents, teachers, school principal, or another trusted adult and tell them what is happening. Teachers and principals are trained to help in these situations, but remember that there are legal limitations to what they can do and tell you about. You can report the bully to your internet service provider or your cellular service provider so they can take action. Report abuses to social media networks so the bully's account can be examined for possible suspension. Sometimes it is appropriate to contact local law enforcement for help as well. You don't have to be silent - report the bullying behavior so something can be done to help you.

Visit the Illinois Attorney General's Stop Cyberbullying Website

High Tech Crimes Bureau/Illinois Child Exploitation Task Force

Google's Applied Digital Skills team has developed an Online Safety and Digital Well Being curriculum to help students learn how to stay safe online and use digital environments in healthier ways.