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Some Internet Safety Tips for Parents

One of the first things that parents need to do is learn about the Internet themselves and what your children like to do when online. You need to know who they are talking with or communicating with, what games and programs they are using and what sort of access they might have in places outside of your home. Parents need to set rules and establish guidelines for using the computer at home. Make sure that the computer is in an area of the house with common access so that you can supervise your child’s online habits.

Parents – please communicate with your child about going on the Internet. Be positive as the Internet can be an exciting place as well as a valuable resource. Make children aware of the potential risks that can exist online without being overly graphic.

Cyber Bullying

Cyber Bullying Involves:

  • Sending mean, vulgar or threatening messages or images
  • Posting sensitive, private information about another person
  • Pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad
  • Bashing websites
  • Death threats
  • Stealing passwords
  • Hacking into computer
  • Tormenting on games
  • Sending 100’s of text messages

This can all be done through e-mails, instant messaging, or text or imaging message sent on cell phones, web pages or blogs, chat rooms.

What parents can do:

  • First and foremost: Teach children to STOP-BLOCK-TELL
  • Think before they click
  • Repect others online
  • Keep computers in easlity viewable places
  • Talk regularly with your child about on-line activities
  • Explain that Cyber Bullying is harmful and unacceptable behavior, consider installing Parental Control Filtering Software

Dealing with it:

  • Strongly encourage child not to respond
  • DO NOT erase – save as evidence
  • Contact the police if: threats of violence, extortion, obscene or harassing phone calls or text messages, stalking or child porn are received.

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