Online Safety – TOOLKIT – SMART rules for smart kids

SMART rules for smart kids

Set your limits

Meeting online friends offline

Accepting invitations/friendships


Tell someone about your concerns


Using the Internet is Fun. Enjoy it by keep yourself safe.

Set Your Limits

  1. Do not let strangers in. You would not talk to a stranger in the real world, now would you? Be smart, responsible and safe online as well in real life.
  2. You have the right to use the Internet safely.
  3. Take care of your privacy. Surf wisely – stay away from sites that ask you for personal information.
  4. Use the privacy settings to protect your online profile so only your friends can see it.
  5. Best to use a nick name your friends can recognize. Consider skipping the photograph of yourself. Use an avatar or other image.
  6. Think twice before you post images online. Other people may use it. You can never know where it can end up.
  7. Do not accept harassment or bullying. Laws and decent behaviour are valid online too!
  8. You have the right to use the Internet safely and to set your own limits.
  9. Be smart, responsible and safe online as well as in real life!

Meeting online friends

  1. Think twice before meeting online friend/ request in real life.
  2. Tell your parent about such a request.
  3. If you do, take a trusted adult with you.

Accepting Invites/ Friendships

  1.  Most requests are from friends.
  2. You can also be connected to friends of friends.
  3. Be wary of accepting requests from strangers.
  4. If you do not actually know someone yourself, do you really want to share with them the same information you share with your friends?


  1. Do not knowingly access sites that are upsetting or distressing. If you see something that bothers you tell your parents or someone you trust.
  2. Ignore bad behaviour and block rude aggressive people.
  3. Block anyone approaching you using rude, threatening or intruding language. Save the message and show your parents or a trusted adult.
  4. Be alert if someone, especially a stranger wants to talk to you about sex. You can never be sure of the true identity or intentions of the person. This is a serious cause for concern. Tell your parents or a trusted adult so they can report it.
  5. If you have been lured or tricked into engaging in sexual activities or sending sexual images of yourself always tell a trusted adult to receive advice and help. No person has a right to things of that particular nature from a child or young person.

Tell someone your concerns

  1. If you have concerns or problems online, you need to tell someone you trust.
  2. Your parents or trusted adult can help and give you good advice on what to do.
  3. There are no problems too big to be solved!
  4. You can also call a child helpline in your country.
  5. Report harmful or inappropriate content or activities on sites to the site itself. Look for “Report abuse”  Button.
  6. Report illegal content to an Internet Hotline or police.
  7. Report illegal or possibly illegal activities to the police.
  8. In addition to taking good care if yourself, take care of your computer or mobile device.


  1.  You can disable tools that allow for friend requests on kids’ own devices.
  2.  Monitor kids’ devices often and let them know why. Safety first.
  3.  Check Privacy settings.
  4.  Do not geolocate.
  5. Talk to your kids often about online safety. Make them aware of the pitfalls.
  6. Get actively involved in their digital world as you do in their physical world.