Internet Safety For Kids
The Internet has opened up a virtual world of information for anyone with a computer
and an on-
Just like in a park or public place, a child's best defense is a sound value system and a plan. Teach your children about exploitation, pornography, hate literature, and violence. Teach them what to do when something they see is troubling or bothersome to them.
Set aside time to explore the Internet together. That way, you can set the examples of how suspicious messages or people are appropriately handled, and you may be better informed yourself.
Monitor your children when they are on line. If your child becomes uneasy or defensive when you enter the room, it might mean that they are involved in something unusual or forbidden.
Choose an Internet Provider that has parental control features, and learn how to use them. Or, you may purchase commercial blocking software to screen out sites by content and key words you find objectionable. Such blocking is very effective, and is already done by local libraries and schools.
Assume NOTHING about anyone you or your child may meet on-
Tell children NEVER to give out personal information, such as address, telephone number, or their parent's name. They should NEVER send pictures of themselves to anyone they don't know, or that YOU have not met in person.
If you or your child comes across material that you find pornographic, threatening, or otherwise offensive, it might well be a violation of law. Save the material, and contact your local law enforcement agency.
Another resource is the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children. They function
as a national clearinghouse for tips and leads reguarding the sexual exploitation
of children. You can call the 24-