1. Place the computer in the family room or other visible area, not in child’s bedroom.
2. Have the kids 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. Show them how offenders might look like the guy next door.
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, or passwords. Do not give them your credit card information.
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. Log on as them, while they watch you.
11. Make sure you know their passwords, do not save yours on a shared computer.
12. Report bullying, threats or other abuse to the internet service provider. Save all email, and report the offenders.
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