Let your child
know he or she must get your permission before
giving out any personal information, including
their name, address, phone number, or your name,
work address, phone number, or the name of their
school to anyone or any web site.
Set reasonable rules and guidelines with your
child about using the internet. Let your child
know ahead of time what sites are appropriate
for them to visit.
Consider the age of your child. Young children
should be accompanied when exploring the internet.
Older children can surf the net by themselves
as long as the follow the pre-established rules
Discuss with your child
when they can be online, how much time per session
they can be online, and how many times a week
they can be online.
Browse the internet with your child. There are
many web sites that provide education, entertainment,
games, activities, and fun. Together, look for
fun and safe sites that you both enjoy.
Look at the Privacy Policies on each site before
your child gives any information. The Privacy
Policies should include what information is
collected, why it is collected, and what the
company will do with that information.
Place the computer in a location which can be
easily monitored by a parent, teacher, or other
Never allow your child to personally meet with
someone they have met online without your permission.
If you do consent to the face-to-face meeting,
make sure it is in a public place, and make
sure you go with them.
Consider getting software or online services
which filter out offensive materials and web
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of
U.S. Department of Education: Parents Guide
to the Internet
Family Friendly Site