Internet Safety Awareness for Parents
Just as we teach our children to to be safe when crossing the street, we need to teach them to be safe on the World Wide Web. The district continues to place an emphasis on online safety and responsibility.
Top 12 Guidelines to Remember
1. Become computer literate and learn how to block objectionable material.
2. Keep the computer in a common area, not in individual bedrooms, where you can watch and monitor your child.
3. Watch for any changes in your child's behavior, such as closing down windows on the computer monitor when you walk in the room, odd phone calls, late night computer usage or withdrawal from family activities.
4. Share an email account with your child so you can monitor messages.
5. Bookmark your child's favorite sites for easy access.
6. Spend time online together to teach your child appropriate online behavior.
7. Forbid your child from entering private chat rooms; block them with safety features provided by your Internet Service Provider or with special filtering software. Be aware that posting messages to chat rooms reveals your child's email address to others.
8. Monitor your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
9. Find out what, if any, online protection is offered by your child's school, after-school center, friends' homes, or any place where he or she could use a computer without your supervision.
10. Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange and praise your child for their courage in coming and sharing the problem with you.
11. Forward copies of obscene or threatening messages you or your child receives to your Internet Service Provider.
12. Call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678 if you are aware of the transmission, use, or viewing of child pornography online. Contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI if your child has received child pornography via the Internet.
Many sites use "cookies," devices that track specific information about the user, such as name, email address, and shopping preferences. Cookies can be disabled. Ask your Internet Service Provider for more information.