It’s hard to keep track of what children do online. But doing so is important because, although the Internet is a great place for learning, it can also be dangerous. These tips will help your child stay safe.
Learn about the Internet with your child. If she knows more about it than you do, let her teach you. Look for other ways to learn, too.
Warn your child about the dangers of the Internet. Expect him to steer clear of things like pornography and hate literature.
Use software that blocks things kids shouldn’t see. It’s sold in many stores.
Choose an Internet service that helps protect children. Ask how to block certain online information.
Monitor your child when she’s online. Keep the computer in a visible spot—not in her room.
Tell your child never to give out personal information online, such as his name, address, or phone number.
Ask your child to report anything unusual to you, such as email from strangers or offensive graphics. Inappropriate material should be reported to authorities.
Expect your child to follow your Internet rules at home, at school, and elsewhere. If she uses friends’ computers, make sure their parents supervise.
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