Internet Safety Tips for Parents
● Install filtering and monitoring software and keep it updated. Be sure to have a working firewall and anti-virus software.
● Do not place a computer in a child’s room. The computer needs to be in a family room or other open common area in the house.
● Educate yourself about the computer programs your children are using. If you are unfamiliar with the Internet, ask your child to show you where they visit on the web.
● Visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website, www.missingkids.com, to learn more about the various chat room acronyms.
● Audit your child’s computer account at random times (cookies and Internet history). The audit includes any Internet accounts they may have (i.e. Myspace, AOL, Yahoo). Do not forget to check their cellular phone.
● Remove any web cams from your child’s computer!
● Prepare your children for the online world just as you would for the real world (drugs, sex, etc.). Talk to your child about the dangers of the Internet.
● Most families have a safety plan in case of emergencies (house fire, floods, etc.). Develop a safety plan with your children about the Internet. Talk about what you plan to do if/when they become victimized over the Internet.
● Go to the Cybertipline if you think your child has been victimized online at www.cybertipline.com.
● To learn more information about how to keep your children safe, it is strongly suggested that you visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.missingkids.com.
Internet Safety Tips for Teens and Children
● Never give out personal information (name, school, age, city, family information, phone number, etc.).
● Never give out your password (Myspace, Yahoo, AOL, etc.).
● Do not accept product offers without parent’s permission.
● Never meet in person someone you met online.
● Do not do anything online that you would not do in real life.
● Be careful what you say online. Depending on the topic, what you type online could be against the law.
● Talk with your parents about the Internet. Discuss what you use the Internet for and show them your Internet accounts. Open discussions between you and your parents will build trust.
● Be very careful with the pictures you post on the Internet. It is suggested that you do not upload any photographs of yourself.
● Visit www.netsmartzkids.org for more information on Internet safety.