Internet Guidelines for Parents and
- Place the computer in a common area of the residence
rather than a bedroom. This will encourage online time to
be a family oriented activity.
- Become familiar with the people and web sites your children
are interacting with on the internet, just as you would
get to know all of their other friends.
- Choose a family oriented Internet Service Provider or
Online Service and use Parental Controls or software to
regulate the type of information and material your children
can access on the Internet. Most of the Parental Controls
and software allow adults to restrict access to age appropriate
levels. In the event the children do receive objectionable
material, teach them to avoid responding to messages that
are suggestive, obscene, threatening or makes them feel
uncomfortable. Make sure they are comfortable in making
you aware of these types of messages. Immediately notify
your Internet Service Provider of the receipt of such material.
- Try to select non-descriptive Account Names and Screen
Names for your children. Their online names should not be
too specific or identify or describe them in detail.
- Remind your children not to provide their real name,
phone number, address, or other personal information to
anyone to whom they meet online, and never to meet face
to face with anyone they have met through the internet without
your permission. If you do permit such a meeting, it should
be in a public place and that you or another responsible
adult should accompany your child.
- Set reasonable guidelines for your children's time online
and remember that the computer should not be thought of
as a "babysitter". The guidelines should be age appropriate.
Remember, what is acceptable for a teenager may not be acceptable
for a younger child.
- Remind your children that the rules are the same for
any computer they use, whether at home, a friend's house,
school, or the public library.
- Assure your children that they can talk with you about
things that happen on the internet. If they fear that they
will lose their internet access, they may be reluctant to
talk about anything bad that happened on the internet.