Rules for kids and parents surfing the Internet

Ideas that should be taught to your children

Searching in "google" will come up with dozens of good "sites" about this subject. I compiled some of the most important ideas that should be taught to your children.




Rules for parents

. Post these rules near the computer as a reminder;

. Monitor compliance with these rules, especially when it comes to the amount of time your children spend on the computer;

. Consider keeping the computer in a family room rather than the child's bedroom;

. Get to know their "online friends" just as you get to know all of their other friends.

When using Chat programs:

· Treat people with respect and dignity;

· Do not give out the Internet password to anyone (even my best friends) other than my parents;

· Don´t answer messages that make you feel uncomfortable because they seem improper, indecent, or threatening and tell you parents about it;

· Avoid chat rooms that discuss sex or violence;

· In a chat room, choose an online name that does not call for attention and that does not tell your age;

· Never respond to messages or bulletin boards that are sexually obscene, threatening, or make you feel uncomfortable in any way;

· Don´t give any personal information, such as your family's address, phone number, credit card or calling card numbers;

· Avoid in-person meetings. The only way someone can physically harm you is if you're both in the same location, so - to be 100% safe - don't meet them in person;

· Read between the "lines." It may be fun to check out new people for friendship or romance, but be aware that, while some people are nice, others act nice because they're trying to get something. Flattering or supportive messages may be more about manipulation than friendship or romance;

· Don't talk about sex with strangers. Be cautious when communicating with people you don't know in person, especially if the conversation starts to be about sex or physical details. Don't lead them on;

· Think about what you post. Sharing provocative photos or intimate details online, even in private emails, can cause you problems later on. Even people you consider friends can use this info against you.

When using web browsers or file sharing programs:

· Carefully select the web sites you visit;

· Report abusive or offensive web sites to your parents and teachers;

· Always inform your parents when you come across anything online that makes you uncomfortable;

· Stay away from web sites that promote violence, hate or sexual material;

· Remember that everything you read online may not be true. Be very careful about any offers that involve your coming to a meeting or having someone visit your house;

· Check with your parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt your computer;

· Don´t give your username or password to anyone. Passwords are intended to protect your computer and your files;

· Don´t give any personal information, such as your family's address, phone number, credit card or calling card numbers, your school's name, or your picture to anyone on a computer network;

· Don´t steal copyrighted computer programs ("software") by copying it from the Internet;

· Don´t make copies of any copyrighted material, like books, magazines, or music without the permission of the author, publisher or artist;

Other useful ideas:

. Be smart when using a cell phone. All the same tips apply with phones as with computers.

· Show your parents what you like to do in the Internet. Help them to understand how to have fun and learn things online and teach them things about the Internet, computers and other technology;

· Don´t try to break into computers. It's a crime and it's an invasion of privacy.

Have fun on the internet!

Just remember to stay safe!

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