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    Online Safety Tips for Families and Students

    Elementary School Students Online Safety

    Common Sense Media Resources

    Seattle Public Library (SPL) Online Resources

    Books about internet safety in the library catalog:

    How to access e-books from the Seattle Public Library

    Middle School and High School Students Online Safety

    Cyber bullying

    • Tell someone if someone has bullied you online
    • Keep everything if someone is mean to you or bullies you online
    • Don't engage
    • Don't pass on embarrassing photos or posts about others
    • Don't do or say anything online that you wouldn't offline


    • Don't share your personal info, even if someone offers something for free
    • Don't share your password with anyone
    • Use tough passwords and change them frequently
      • Tip: Use words you can remember easily but spell them incorrectly


    • Think and pause before clicking
    • Watch out for "too good to be true" offers

    Social Media

    • Social Media posts can come back to haunt you later in life.
    • Use settings or options to make all of your social media profiles private.
    • Make sure you are using strict privacy settings on services such as Instagram and Facebook.

    Location Services on Cell Phones

    Common Sense Media Location Services Information 

    • Turn off location services to prevent apps from tracking your location.
    • Location-sharing apps also are big targets for advertisers who want to make you a customer.

    Student Network Use Agreement

    All students with individual network accounts will be required to accept the Seattle Public Schools' network use agreement electronically when they first log on to the district network and when there are changes to the agreement. Read more about the Network Agreement and find forms.