My kid starts school, what about internet?

Most kids don’t really surf on the internet before they start school. Entering the school yard also means going online: Many pupils have smartphones, and computers and tablets are often available during classes.

Before school starts, you naturally teach your kid traffic rules and get familiar with the route to school together. In the same way, it’s a good idea to talk about some basic rules regarding internet behaviour.

Internet and mobile devices are a part of kids’ every day life. It might seem like your child is more familiar with these things than you, but that’s only partly true. Children sure can use the technology, but they don’t have the wisdom and life experience of a grown-up.

What online rules should the kids know before the school start? Here’s what we would teach:

Picture: R O P E, user of goSupermodel

Picture: R O P E, user of goSupermodel


There’s a lot of information and fun stuff online. However, there are certain rules that need to be followed. Just as in traffic. For instance the social media age limits should be respected. Why? All social media services are not meant for kids.

Personal info

It’s not safe to reveal personal information such as name, phone number and address to anyone without talking to parents first.  Why? Some people have bad intentions.


Be careful with posting pictures of yourself.  Why? When you put something online, it’s usually going to be there forever. Also, someone might start spreading them.

Other people

Don’t share pictures of other people or others’ personal information.  Why? Everyone decides themselves what they share.


The normal etiquette applies online too: Be nice, avoid bad language, speak friendly to others and don’t be a bully.  Why? Written words hurt the same way as spoken ones.


Never tell password to anyone. Why? Someone might steal your account.


People you’re in contact with are not always who they say they are.

Scary stuff

There’s a chance to encounter scary or otherwise uncomfortable stuff online. Tell to parents about it so that they can help handling it.

About the author:

Pia Edman, watAgame

Pia Edman worked as a Finnish Community Manager at watAgame from 2009 to 2015. She has several years of experience in working with online communities and online safety as well as with digital content creation and digital advertising. Pia has a master’s degree in Finnish language.