While Internet filters are part of the solution, Internet safety policies and guidelines can help make the Internet a safer experience for your family members.
Here are some general guidelines:
- Place your computer in an open room with the monitor facing out. This allows you to see and control what is occurring on the Internet.
- Educate your children about the Internet, both the positives and the potential dangers.
- Bookmark child-friendly web sites. This allows your children to easily get to safe sites that 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 refrain from chat rooms.
- Don’t install Peer-to-peer applications. A high percentage of what occurs with children and peer-to-peer applications is related to either illegal or immoral activities.
- Teach children to crash and tell. If they encounter a bad experience, they should feel comfortable in immediately turning off the computer and talking with a parent about the experience.
- Never allow your children to meet with someone from an online session unless the parent approves.
- Know the parents of your children’s friends.
- Teach children to never open e-mail from someone they don’t know.
- Never respond to an unsubscribe on a pornographic email. If you or your child receives a message that is harassing, of a sexual nature, or threatening, forward a copy of the message to your ISP, and ask for assistance.
- Internet child safety is crucial in creating a fun and safe family Internet experience.
© 2003 Jerry Ropelato. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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