Internet Safety

Parents should stay near their children as they explore the Internet.

Donít overreact when you find out your child or teenager has been exposed to inappropriate material or strayed from a rule. Whatever you do, donít blame or punish your child if he tells you about an uncomfortable online encounter. Your best strategy is to work with him, so you both can learn from what happened and figure out how to keep it from happening again.

The challenges posed by the Internet can be positive. Learning to make good choices on the Internet can serve young people well by helping them to think critically about the choices they will face. Today itís the Internet, tomorrow it may be deciding whether itís safe to get into the car of someone a teen meets at a party.

Teach your children about some of the risks involved if they reveal personal information online. Make a rule that children should NOT reveal personal information about themselves online without a parentís permission. This includes their name, email address, postal address, phone number, photo, school address, etc.
Source: Internet Education Foundation.
Get more information on Internet safety from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. [Website]

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