Online Safety Social Story


This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about how to be safe online.

3 cartoon people, a video game controller, and a laptop.

The internet can be great for finding information, playing games, or even meeting people.

The words

But there are rules you should follow to stay safe.

A pretend address

Don’t give personal information like your address, phone number or bank information.

A girl next to a thought bubble that says

You should avoid talking to strangers.

A man typing the words

People are not always who they say they are and sometimes don’t do what they promise.

A computer screen showing a man saying

Avoid unknown or unsecure websites or chatrooms as these can be unsafe.

A computer screen showing

To help protect your privacy and safety keep computers and accounts password protected.

One man whispering

Only share passwords and account information with parents or trusted adults.

A woman doctor saying

Sometimes people may need to access your personal information and accounts to help you.

A doctor and two women.

These people can be parents, teachers, or doctors. They should ask permission first.

A cloud with two opposing arrows above a computer showing the words

Always save the files on your computer in case there is a problem and things break.

A computer screen showing the words

If you feel uncomfortable when interacting with others online, leave the situation and ask someone you trust for help.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.