Friday, February 15, 2013

Tips for Parents with Children on the Internet

Tips for Parents with Children on the Internet

1. Place the computer in the family room or other visible area, not in child’s bedroom.
2. Use gender-neutral screen names.
3. Talk to children about Internet safety and participate with them online. If they know more than you, let them teach you. Start when they are young. 
4. Children shouldn’t believe anything said to them over the Net from an unknown source.
5. Tell children they do not have to respond to messages sent to them, whether by e-mail or instant message.
6. Children should never give out personal information, screen names, passwords or credit card information online.
7. Use a good virus detection program.
8. Supervise children’s computer usage. Don’t rely on filtering software to do the work. 
9. Check the history function of your browser to see which websites your children have visited.
10. Know who your children are communicating with online. Get to know their online friends just as you would their other friends. Demand that they share their passwords, and go on-line with them at sites like Facebook.
11. Promote an environment where your children can talk openly with you. 

Where can I get timely information?
Regular bulletins from: NetFamilyNews | Smart Kids Video | LiveWWWires  | NetMom's Internet Safe House |Blog Safety | Safe Kids | Stay Safe Org. for Parents | Business Week: Protecting Your Kids From Cyber-PredatorsWeb Wise Kids | CyberCops |  ]

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