Lesson #2<br />Always know who your children are talking to online. <br />Set strict boundaries on email and social media.<br />Follow the age rules on social media. <br />
Lesson #3: monitor the sites your children are visiting.<br />
Lesson #3<br />If you don’t know where your child has been, you cannot monitor where they will be tomorrow. <br />You can view the history of sites visited in Internet Explorer or install software designed to block websites that are not child friendly.<br />
Lesson #3<br />To find websites your child has visited<br />On the toolbar, click the Favorites Center button . <br />Click the History button. <br />Click the day that you visited the website. <br />In the list of websites that you visited on that day, click the site you want to go to. <br />
Lesson #3<br />Low cost option filters are available to help your children make wise choices when surfing the web. PC Magazine has a very helpful database of available filters.<br />
Lesson #4: Make your child aware of the boundaries.<br />
Lesson #4<br />Open and clear lines of communication can stop problems before they happen.<br />Discuss your expectations with your child about the internet.<br />Together, come up with a set of household rules or make an internet contract so everyone is clear on what is expected.<br />
Lesson #4<br />A few basic suggestions for a list of rules…<br /> 1. Set time limits for daily usage. <br />2. Limit the types of websites that can be visited or type of search engine that can be used. <br />3. Require that parents have access to all accounts and passwords. <br />4. Prohibit internet usage after a certain time of night or before homework is completed.<br />
Lesson #4<br />Every good list of household rules should talk about cyber bullying.<br />Cyber bullying is just as harmful to a child’s self esteem as bullying in real life.<br />You must both prohibit your children from bullying and encourage them to confide in you if they feel threatened online in any way.<br />
Lesson #5: Keep your computer in an open area if possible. <br />
Lesson #5<br />Keeping the computer in the living room or family room encourages accountability. <br />Allowing a child to have a computer in his or her room is a personal choice, but it’s strongly advised against.<br />
Review….<br />Even if you are new to the internet yourself, the five basic rules discussed can provide a firm foundation for keeping your child safe.<br />
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