Suggestions to help keep your child "Internet Safe"
1. Place the computer in a room that easily allows the parent
to monitor its use. The child's bedroom is NOT a recommended location.
2. If at all possible, be present when the child is online. Do
not use the computer as a substitute for a companion.
3. If the child tries to block the screen when a parent walks
by, consider it a warning to you that the child may be doing something they
should not be doing. Investigate immediately.
4. Keep control of your Internet access master account, and do
not give the child their own account.
5. Explain to your child that people may not be totally honest
online. They may pretend to be other ages, and/or sexes.
6. Do not allow your child to participate in live chat rooms
while you are not with them, and never allow them to access a private chat room
with strangers. Unfortunately, this has been the source of unpleasant incidents
on the Internet.
7. Explain to your child not to reveal personal information:
names, addresses, phone numbers, city, employment, medical information, or
especially Social Security number, drivers license number, and credit card
number. Have your child get permission each time before they give out their name
and email address, and check to see what that information is going to be used
8. Although much of the pornography is legal on the Internet,
child pornography is NOT legal. If you find a web site in violation, please
alert the appropriate legal authorities in your area.
9. Protect your child while on the Internet. Do your homework
by reading books, articles in parenting magazines, and visiting web sites to
look for more information.
10. The protective software listed below is very helpful, but
it is not foolproof.
The programs listed below will aid in monitoring and/or
restricting a child's access to unfavorable web sites.