Information for Parents
Internet Safety Tips
- Learn everything you can about the internet - the web can be a great tool, but it can also be very dangerous.
- Have online-capable computers located in common family area - the more eyes to monitor computer activity, the better
- Work together to set “family” rules - some basic rules include...
• Always keep your identity private - never give full name, address, phone number, school name, financial info or that of your family or friends.
• Define “appropriate” sites - avoid excessively violent, sexual or pornographic sites. Gambling sites can also cause big problems.
• Never get together with someone you “meet” online - be aware that many criminals prowl the internet looking for unsuspecting victims.
• Never respond to e-mail or chat comments that are sexual, threatening, or make you uncomfortable.
• No illegal downloading of photos, music or videos - this can be an expensive mistake these days.
• Never pose as someone else online - this borders on being illegal and is often used to cover questionable activity.
- Be aware of chatroom use & online communities - Chatroom discussions can deteriorate into raunchy sexual solicitations. Online communities like MySpace & others can be great places to meet people, but be aware of the dangers of sharing personal info & pictures with the entire online world.
- Encourage your child to come to you with “online” problems - Teens need to know that can come to a responsible, caring adult for help.
- Use blocking & filtering technology - This is not an answer to all problems, but it does allow you to keep some bad content out of your home. Be aware that many phone plans & some video games allow Internet access.