Cobleskill Village Police Department Safety for Parents
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Internet Safety Guide for Parents
- Learn everything you can about computers and the Internet.
- Learn about:
- Hardware, software, and terminology
- Misuse and risks
- Blocking, filtering, and ratings
- "Good" web sites
- Develop and increase proficiency through use.
- Make "surfing the Net" a family experience.
- Share places of interest.
- Ask your children to demonstrate use.
- Talk with your children about what they can and cannot do online.
- Be reasonable and set reasonable expectations.
- Try to understand their needs, interest, and curiosity.
- Place the computer in a central area of the house, not in a child's bedroom or secluded area.
- Know your child's screen name(s) and password(s).
- Set reasonable time limits on use and ensure that your expectations are respected.
- An Internet Service Provider (ISP) account should always be established and maintained by a parent.
- This ensures that a parent can legally maintain control of use and can access recoreds, if necessary.
- If an account is set up in a child's name, it may be difficult, if not impossible, to obtain account information
without the child's permission.
- You should also realize that children may be accessing the Internet from outside of your home. Places include:
- Friends homes
- Internet Coffee Shops/Cafes
- Be open with your children and encourage them to come to you if they encounter a problem online.
- If they tell you about someone or something that they encountered, your first response should not be to
blame them or take away their Internet privileges.
- Work with them to help them avoid problems in the future.
- How you respond can determine:
- Whether or not they confide in you the next time a problem is encountered.
- How they learn to deal with problems on their own.