Internet Safety for Kids

Internet Safety Tips for Kids

I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents' work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents' permission.

Rules one through six are adapted from the brochure Child Safety on the Information Highway by SafeKids.Com founder Lawrence J. Magid. Printed copies are available free by calling 1-800-843-5678.

Internet-Related Safety Tips for Teens

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Warning signs that your child may be at risk online

As much as we try to protect our children from danger online, sometimes they can still get into bad situations. Here is a list of warning signs that your child may be at risk.

Parents Safety Tips

The best way to ensure your child's safety on the Internet is to be there. Of course, that is not always possible. Just as you teach your child rules about dealing with strangers outside the home, you must provide rules for communicating online.

A suggested guide regarding the safety of children on the internet is

Suggested rules for kids:

Teach children that not everything they see or hear may be true. Some sites may be trying to sell them something or contain inaccurate information.

Remember, the vast majority of Internet sites are perfectly safe. But, like the real world, the virtual world contains some sites with sexual, violent, and other content that may not be appropriate for children.

If you have a home computer, a number of software filters are available to block Web sites you may not want your child to visit. Parents need to understand that filters are not perfect. They cannot block everything you might not want your child to see and they may block information that is helpful. Even if filters were 100 percent effective, this software is no substitute for parental guidance.

We strongly recommend that you supervise older as well as younger children's Internet use at home and at the library. It's a good idea to place computers in the kitchen, family room, or living room so that you can see your child using it. Young children should never be allowed to "surf the Net" alone.