Keeping Kids Safer on the Internet
DOJ's Project Safe Childhood
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- 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.
- I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
- I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.
- I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
- I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way 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 so that they can contact the online service.
- I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online, and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.
These rules are taken from the brochure Child Safety on the Information Highway by Lawrence J. Magid.
- Place the computer in the most public room in your home.
- Establish ground rules for Internet usage.
- Share time online by surfing on the Internet with your child.
- Instruct your child not to give out personal information without your permission.
- If your child wants to meet in person someone they've met online, make sure a parent is present.
- Instruct your child never to respond to email or chat messages that make them feel uncomfortable. (And ensure that your child reports such messages to you when/if they occur.)
- Inform your ISP (Internet Service Provider) of any inappropriate uses of the Internet encountered by you or your child.
- Encourage your child to share their online experiences with you.