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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.