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10 Rules To Keep Your Child Safe

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  • 1. 10 RULES TO KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE ONLINE By Shaun Bent
  • 2. Introduction
    • The Internet can be a very dangerous place for young Children!
    • At the same time though it can also be very enjoyable and educational to them.
    • These set of ten rules are designed to help you the Parent keep your Child safe while their online.
  • 3. Number 1:
    • Keep Personal Information Confidential, Never let your Child give out their:
      • Age
      • Phone Number
      • Address
      • Full Name
      • School Name & School Address
    • They should also not talk about places they like to hang around to people they don’t know!
  • 4. Number 2:
    • Keep the Internet as a family activity, where possible keep the computer in a family room rather than a room where the child is on there own.
    • This way you can keep an eye on what your Child is doing without having to sit behind them.
    • You can also feel a little better as you can see what there up to.
  • 5. Number 3:
    • Be aware of what websites & services your child is using.
    • Make sure your Child is not accessing any websites they should not. For example any website that is:
      • Suggestive
      • Obscene
      • Threatening
  • 6. Number 4:
    • Monitor the use of Social Networking Sites.
    • Sites such as MySpace, Facebook & Bebo are very popular with the younger generation, but can also be very dangerous if there usage is not monitored.
      • Make sure your aware of what information is on your Childs profile
      • Make sure your aware of who they are talking to and what there talking about
  • 7. Number 5:
    • Never allow your Child to meet up with anyone they have met through a Social Networking Site on their own or with other friends.
    • If your Child is intent on meeting someone they have met online, then arrange the meeting in a controlled environment where you are present
    • It helps to know your Childs online friend as well as you know there normal friends.
  • 8. Number 6:
    • Encourage children to tell you about anything they find that is suggestive, obscene, threatening or makes them feel uncomfortable.
    • This way you can help to filter out anything this can be dangerous or harmful to them.
    • This will also help you develop a trust with your Child and there Internet use.
  • 9. Number 7:
    • Don’t think its ok because their friends are doing it.
    • Just because your Childs friends may be using a certain Website or Internet Service it doesn’t always mean it is safe for your Child.
    • Always vet a website that your Child has expressed great interest in
  • 10. Number 8:
    • Discourage your Child from posting pictures of themselves online!
    • This will stop your Child from being identified offline (i.e. in the street)
    • If your Child insist on posting pictures online, be sure to view all the pictures before they go online.
  • 11. Number 9:
    • Don't immediately blame the child if they receive or access something obscene - this may have been done accidentally.
    • Many website make money by have pop-ups designed to attract your attention so that you click on them, thus forwarding you to another website.
    • Your Child may not be aware of the intent of these links or even what website is on the other end of the link.
  • 12. Number 10:
    • Set your own golden rules and after discussing them, stick them at the side of the computer.
    • This way your child is always reminded of what is and is not acceptable to do on the Internet.
  • 13. Finally
    • Enjoy the Internet, it is a great tool and can provide your Child with many hours of enjoyment and education!