Safety Tips For Keeping Your Kids Safe Online:
Post a list of easy to read " Internet usage" rules all in or near the computer monitor. Have your child take the Internet safety pledge and then review this pledge with your child once a month.
Think about using filtering or Internet monitoring software (like our PC Tattletale.com) on your computer. Investigate the safeguarding programs or Parental control options your online service provider might offer. These can include monitoring or filtering capabilities.
Federal law states web sites geared towards children are not permitted to request personal information without a parent's permission. Take a few minutes and discuss with your children about the meaning of personal information is and why they / you should never give it out online.
If your child uses instant messaging, chat rooms or email (and whose kids don't!), talk to them about why they should never agree to meet an online "friend" in person.
Teach your child about not responding to offensive or dangerous email, chat, or instant messages. Then report these sorts of communication to local law enforcement. Remember not to delete the disturbing communications. Then turn off your monitor, and contact the police.
Keep the computer in the family room or another open area of your home - never in the child's bedroom.
Have your children show you the things that they can do online, and visit their favorite sites or chat rooms. Children love to show off what they know and the things they discovered if they think you'll be receptive.
Make sure that your children use child-friendly search engines when completing homework. The kid-safe directories below use humann beings to filter out sites that might be considered objectionable for viewing by children.
Online stalking and sexual exploitation of children is running rampant. If you suspect online "stalking" or sexual exploitation of a child, you must report it to your local law-enforcement agency and to the Cyber Tip Line, via The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Send reports here: http://www.cybertipline.org/. Leads forwarded to the site are acknowledged and shared with the appropriate law-enforcement agency for investigation.
All Internet accounts should always be in the parent's name with parents having the primary screen name, administrative passwords, and have blocking and/or filtering devices enabled.
Children should never complete a profile for a service provider and children's screen names should be nondescript so as not to identify that the user is a child. Additionally, screen names with the words "cat", "girl", "chick" etc should be avoided.
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