Online Safety Rules
Internet Safety Rules for Children:
- Keep your personal information protected. Never give your real name, address, phone number, the name of your school or a picture of yourself to anyone you meet online.
- Don't meet in person with anyone you've met on the Internet.
- Tell a parent, teacher, or trusted adult if you feel uncomfortable about anything you see on a computer.
Internet Safety Guidelines for Parents:
- Keep the computer in a common room in the house and position the monitor so it's available for public viewing.
- Establish rules for using the Internet and teach your child important safety guidelines.
- Use blocking software or filtering programs, but don't rely on them as your only line of defense.
- Predators often use chat rooms to contact children. Teach children that people online are not always who they say they are.
- Frequently check the Internet history to see which sites your child is visiting.
- Monitor you child's e-mail account. Let him or her know you're checking it, why you're doing it, and talk about potential online dangers.
- Spend time with your children online. Have them show you their favorite sites.
*If you see anything suspicious or think your child may be a victim of Internet exploitation, contact your local law enforcement agency or local FBI office.