It’s never too early to start thinking about internet safety. Most people online are trustworthy however there are a few out there who spoil it for everyone else. This is why it is important to be aware of some of the things you can safeguard yourself and your children from some of the dangers of the internet. Here are a few rules that you can put into place now, it’ also good to get into the mindset, and understand by sharing these rules with your children as they grow, they become a habit and will give them the tools to take care online.
Here are a few of the rules, and below are some very helpful resources and links.
1. I won’t give my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number without my parents’ permission.
2. I will tell my parents immediately if something makes me feel uncomfortable.
3. I will never agree to meet someone that I chat online without my parents permission. If my parents agree, I’ll bring my parents together and I’ll fix the meeting in a public place.
4. I will inform with my parents if I post pictures of myself or others online.
5. I won’t respond to messages that are mean or make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away.
6. I’ll discuss with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online and using a mobile phone.
7. I will not give my passwords to anyone (even my best friends) other than my parents.
8. I’ll check with my parents before downloading or installing software.
9. I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.
10. Use the privacy settings of social networking sites.
Source: Netwsmartz.org and safekids.com
Resources for Information On Internet Safety for Kids
Resources for Information On Internet Safety for Teens
www.NetSmartz.org/Teens or www.nsteens.org