Creating and following online safety guidelines can help make the Internet a safer experience for your family members.
- Place your computer in an open room with the monitor facing out. This allows you to see and control what happens on the Internet.
- Educate your children about the Internet—both positives and potential dangers.
- Bookmark child-friendly web sites. This allows children to easily find safe sites they have used before.
- Teach your children that Internet safety means never giving out personal information over the Internet.
- Share your Internet child safety experiences—both good and bad—with others.
- Teach your children to stay out of chat rooms.
- Don't install peer-to-peer applications (file sharing). Most peer-to-peer activity is illegal or objectionable.
- Teach children to crash and tell. If they have a bad experience, they should feel comfortable turning off the computer immediately and talking with a parent about the experience.
- Never allow your children to meet with someone from an online session.
- Know the parents of your children's friends and others your children email online.
- Teach children not to open email from those they don't know.
- Never respond to an unsubscribe notice on a pornographic email. If you or your child receives a message that threatens, harasses, or is of a sexual nature, forward a copy to your ISP and ask for assistance in tracking and blocking the sender
Internet child safety is crucial to creating a fun and safe family online experience.
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