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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
    • Work
    • Libraries
    • Stores
    • Internet Coffee Shops/Cafes
    • School
  • 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.