Special Reports - Tips For Your Children's Well-Being

On Line safety
Ten Rules For Safe And Smart Surfing

1. I will obey my parent’s rules for going online. We will agree upon the time of day I can be online, the length of time I can be online and the areas I can visit.
2. I will not access other areas or break any of these rules without parents permission.
3. If I accidentally wind up in an area that I am not supposed to be in, I will alert my parent’s as soon as possible.
4. I will not give out personal information such as my last name, address, telephone number, parent’s work address or telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents permission.
5. I will tell my parents if I come across information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
6. I will never agree to meet with someone I “talk” to online.
7. I will never send a person my picture or anything else without my parents permission.
8. I will not answer any messages that are mean or make me feel uncomfortable. If I do get a message like that I will show it to my parents.
9. I will not give out my internet password to anyone other than my parents.
10. I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that may hurt others.


Online Exercise - The Keyboard That Lied

Using two keyboards with one for you and one for your child, role play by making up a fictitious character and demonstrate the dangers of the internet. Try to get your child to break some of the Internet rules as a learning experience.
Home Practice

Parents, your “Homework Assignment” is to review these online safety rules and to sign the “Contract For Online Safety” with your children. These online safety rules are valid for adults, too!!
Get Involved With Online Safety!

-Make sure your children understand what you consider appropriate for them. Specify what kind of sites are OK for them to visit and which areas are off limits. Specify how much time they can spend on the Internet. Have in place a set of clearly understood rules for Internet use and an understanding of the consequences for breaking those rules.
-Make online exploration a family activity. Put the computer in a family location instead of a child’s bedroom.
-Pay attention to games or other materials an older child may download or copy; these may be inappropriate for younger siblings.
-Find out the Internet-use policies at your child’s school and library. Communicate with administrators about any concerns you may have. If your child can use a computer at a friend’s house, talk to that child’s parents about your concerns.
-Have your child sign the “Contract For Online Safety”. Establish appropriate penalties for violation of the contract and clearly communicate these penalties to your child.
Being involved is a parent’s best means of defending children against inappropriate material on the Internet. Just as you set limits on the time your child can spend watching TV or on the phone, it should be no different with the Internet. The time your children can spend on the Internet should be limited so that it doesn’t take the place of homework, exercise and play or socializing. Talk with your child and work out appropriate daily or weekly time limits on Internet use.


Software that recognizes Web sites with objectionable content and blocks those sites is available. Many Internet providers and commercial online services offer site blocking, restrictions on incoming e-mail and special children’s accounts.


Some of the filtering services available are:
www.cyberpatrol.com www.netnanny.com
www.safekids.com www.childrenspartnership.org


-I will obey my parent’s rules for going online. We will agree upon the time of day I can be online, the length of time I can be online and the areas I can visit.
-I will not access other areas or break any of these rules without permission.
-If I accidentally wind up in an area I am not supposed to be in, I will alert my parents as soon as possible.
-I will not give out personal information such as my name, address, telephone number, parent’s work address or telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents permission.
-I will tell my parents if I come across information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
-I will never agree to meet with someone I “talk” to online.
-I will never send a person my picture or anything else without my parents permission.
-I will not answer any messages that are mean or make me feel uncomfortable. If I do get a message like that, I will show it to my parents.
-I will not give out my internet password to anyone other than my parents.
-I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that may hurt others or is against the rules of this contract.


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