What can you as a parent do for your children?
Please take the time to follow some simple steps below to help safeguard their Internet experience:
- Place your computer in the family room or another open area of your home. Or use the computer together at a library, school, or community center.
- Establish clear ground rules for Internet use for your kids. Decide whether or not to use parental control tools or protective software.
- Take the time to see what your kids are doing online and what their interest are.
- Teach kids never to give out their personal information to people they meet online especially in public areas like chat rooms and bulletin boards.
- Tell your child not to respond when they receive offensive or dangerous e-mail, chat, or other communications.
- Instruct your child never to plan a face-to-face meeting with online acquaintances.
There are a number of resources available online for parents, one worth checking out is Teen Safety on the Information Highway at www.missingkids.com or order a free copy by calling 1-800-843-5678.
As always if you or your child have questions or concerns about the Internet you should contact your local police department.