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Internet Safety

The Internet needs your attention...

If your child is not "online" already, he or she may soon be joining the 10 million children who are using the Internet (Find/SVP's 1997 American Internet User Survey). The good news is that the online world offers children experiences that are educational and rewarding. In addition, being able to use the Internet effectively may increase a child's school performance and future job potential.

However, this new medium also can present unsafe situations. Just as you would not allow your child to wander alone into unknown territory, you also would not want him or her to interact on the Internet without parental guidance and supervision. Please share the following rules of online safety with your child to help keep your child safe online.

Child's Rules for Online Safety
Courtesy of  Larry Magid, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Interactive Services Association 
  •     I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents' work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents' permission.    
  •       I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.  
  •    I will never agree to get together with someone I meet on-line without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will make sure it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.  
  •     I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.  
  •     I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do, I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the service provider.
  •     I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going on-line. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be on-line, the length of time I can be on-line, and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.  

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