I cannot stress enough how easy kids can access the internet. They are smart and learn fast. If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle
or even babysitter please read the links I have under Internet Safety Links on the left of this page.
today know that most people use passwords that are familiar, pets names,
birthdays etc. Do not use phrases like
mycomputer, youcantbehere etc. Use a
password that is a combination of #s and letters in no special order, something
that doesn’t make sense is the best. If
you can’t remember it write it down in 1 place where the kids will not find it,
don’t put it in your phone never a good idea.
your computer there is “User Accounts” in the control panel, it is best to set
up one for the kids so they never have access to your account. Make sure the account has restricted access
and that nothing can be changed without your password, including downloading
and deleting history.
is also one thing you must do and you may need someone to do it for you, if you
don’t think you can. When you turn on a
computer it gives you the option to start in safe mode or access start up
menu. Make sure that it is set up so
that you cannot enter this without a password. Don’t use the same password you
have on your user account. Older computers and even newer ones do not have a
password set for this. You must set one,
kids soon learn they can change things such as passwords and remove
restrictions this way.
are not afraid of computers and can learn fast what they can do on them. Most adults are not that confident. Also install a parental control program. Many internet providers offer them but do
your homework and get the right one for you and the kids.
a list of Internet house rules with your teens.(and young children as well)
should include the kinds/types of sites that are off limit.
Internet-connected computers in an open area and out of your teens' bedrooms
to them about their online friends and activities just as you would about their
which chat rooms or message boards your teens visit, and whom they talk to.
them to use monitored chat rooms.
to your teens about their Instant Messaging list and make sure they're not
talking to strangers.
that they tell you first if they want to meet an "online friend." It
is potentially dangerous for this meeting to take place unsupervised.
your teens never to give out personal information without your permission when
using e-mail, chat rooms or instant messaging, filling out registration forms
and personal profiles, and entering online contests.
your teens to come to you if they find messages that make them feel
uncomfortable or threatened. (Stay calm. If you "freak out" they
won't turn to you for help when they need it.)
to your teenagers about online pornography and direct them to good sites about
health and sexuality.
they stay in public chat room areas.
protect them from spam. Tell your teens not to give out their e-mail address
online, not to respond to junk mail, and to use e-mail filters.
aware of the Web sites that your teens frequent, and make sure the sites don't
contain personal photos and information or offensive content.
your kids responsible online behaviour. File-sharing and taking text, images or
artwork may infringe on copyright laws.
to them about ethical behaviour. They should not be using the Internet to
spread gossip, bully or threaten others.
sure your teens check with you before making financial transactions online.
gambling and its potential risks and remind your teens that it is illegal for
them to gamble online.
your computer is properly protected by using/installing up-to-date security
patches, current anti-virus software and a firewall to protect it from
delete unknown email attachments without opening them. They can contain
virus scan all files that are downloaded to your computer for viruses, even
those from known persons.
your child might at risk online
child spends large amounts of time online, especially at night
child accesses pornography on the computer
child receives phone calls from unknown individuals
child is making long distance calls to numbers you do not recognize
child receives mail/gifts/packages from someone you don’t know
child turns computer monitor off or quickly changes the screen when you enter
child becomes withdrawn from the family
child is using an on-line account belonging to someone else.