The SafeKids Online song was written and recorded in 2000 but the lyrics still hold up, especially for young children. Some of the advice in this song, however, is not necessarily appropriate for teenagers (who often do safely post pictures and limited personal information on social networking sites) as long as they are careful to avoid posting inappropriate images or jeopardizing their privacy and security. Advice and resources for teens is available on SafeTeens.com and ConnectSafely.org
The SafeKids Online Song
Now listen kids when you click on the web and you’re surfin’ for somethin’ to do; chattin’ in a Chattanooga chat room with a man named “Mr. Kazoo”;well, don’t give out your name and number or your address too! It ain’t safe to give it out, if you ain’t got a clue.
Now, I’m not sayin’ that strangers are bad or that you can’t make friends,I’m just sayin’ it’s smart to keep it safe when your parents aren’t watchin’…(so) don’t give out your name and number or your address too!It ain’t safe to give it out if you ain’t got a clue.
(spoken): “That’s right, Kids! You don’t want to give out private information on the Internet. You don’t want to give out your phone number,the name of your school, your address, your password…and certainly not your parents credit card numbers! Oh no! That’s just between you and your parents!”
Now there’s good stuff on the Internet, but some things might make you upset:a picture or a word that’s bad…just tell your teacher, mom or dad!If you feel uncomfortable, just tell your parents now,then they will help you decide what to choose and how.
Now most folks on the Internet are nice to everyone,but some are mean like bullies who act nasty just for fun!So, don’t take it hard if someone says something real mean,just say “good-bye”, click-away, and keep your own nose clean.
It’s cool to be a good citizen of the world and when you go Online,you can tell jokes and read a funny story, but just keep this in mind:All those other clickers on the other side, it’s true,are human beings with hopes and dreams and feelings just like you.
Now if you’re Online and you can’t remember what to do,just click-on “The SafeKids Online Song” and it will get you through.You can still have lots of fun and be a safe kid too,just be polite and keep your private info. safe with you…you can still have lots of fun and be a safe kid too,just be polite and keep your private info. safe with you.
by “Daffy Dave” (aka Dave Mampel) and Larry Magid
Words by Dave Mampel and Larry Magid
Music by Dave Mampel
(c) 2000 Larry Magid & Dave Mampel