The Internet can be a very powerful and useful tool
for students; however, it is important that they utilize this resource
in a safe manner. Here are some Internet Safety Resources that parents
may find informative and helpful when discussing this topic with your
Internet Safety Tips for Children:
From Top Ten Reviews
- 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 email from someone they don't know.
- Never respond to 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.