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1. Surf the internet with your parent, guardian, teacher or other trusted adult. If they are not available, talk to them about the sites you visit.
2. Never give out your last name, your home address or your phone number in chat rooms, on bulletin boards or to online pen-pals.
3. Don’t share your screen name, user ID or password with anyone.
5. If a website has information about you that you and your parents don’t want it to have, your parents can ask the website to delete or erase it.
6. If a site makes you uncomfortable or asks more information than you want to share, leave the site and report it to your parent, guardian, teacher or another trusted adult.
1. Encourage your child to know and understand the “Tips for Kids” above.
2. Do not let young children surf the net unsupervised. If you cannot supervise their use, stay within earshot and periodically monitor their use by checking out the sites that they frequent. Encourage kids to talk about what they see on the web and to ask questions about anything they might not understand. Teach children that internet strangers are the same as strangers in real life.
3. Your child may start to develop healthy cyber-friendships. Get to know your child’s cyber-friends just as you would their school friends.
4. Discuss what information is acceptable to share such as screen name or first name, and what is not, such as last name, telephone number and address.
5. Tell kids that it is okay to walk away from the computer if someone says something scary, mean or offensive and if this happens, they should tell an adult right away. Contact the webmaster or system administrator to address the problem immediately.
6. Encourage young children to use search engines geared toward them so that pornographic, hate sites or other unsuitable material is not retrieved during an innocent search. Reputable methods include: www.yahooligans.com and www.alfy.lycos.com.
Make your homepage a kid-safe site such as biashelp.org from which a child can explore and learn.
Invest in an internet filter which will prevent access to objectionable web sites. Currently there are several brands available. The Anti Defamation League also offers a HateFilter. It is a tool for parents, helping them to make informed judgments as to whether their child is mature enough to be exposed to hateful ideas. Users who attempt to access hate sites are redirected to the ADL site. There is a cost for purchasing this software, and although it is not infallible, it will decrease the availability of pornographic and violent information or images to your children. Research the various options to choose a program that suits your needs.