Parents supervise use of all internetenabled devices in the family.
Let your child know that you will monitor
Use safe search engines.
Set up a safe search engine as the default
first page on your browser.
Find some websites that are
wholesome to share with your child.
Bookmark them and share them with your
Teach family members to use the
internet for a specific purpose only.
Aimless surfing makes it easier to happen
to come across inappropriate sites
Teach children the difference between
private and public information.
Private information should not be shared
on the internet without parental
Teach children to tell you if they encounter
anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.
Be sure they know they can tell you this
without fear of losing computer privileges.
This will help reduce the fear or shame of
Disallow public and private chat rooms,
Talk about what friendship is and isn't.
Never interact online with people they
Limit instant messaging (IM) to a
parent-approved buddy list.
Teach children to create passwords that
others can't easily guess.
Parents have access and passwords to
your kids’ e-mail and instant messaging
accounts to make sure that they’re not
talking to strangers.
Teach children that the same rules they use
when walking down a street apply when
they surf the net.
Teach your child to never have face-to-face
meetings with anyone they only know online.
Teach that people sometimes pretend to
be older or younger than they actually
Teach family members never to open
email from anyone they don’t know.
Teach your family to be ready to turn
away from offensive images.
exposure to media is a good way to
reduce the desensitizing process that
occurs in our hyper-sexualized culture.
Regularly check the internet browser history.
Many families have a “No Browser
History Erase” rule on phones and
internet connections. An erased browser
history breaks the family rule and has
Cyber-bullying Talk to your kids about
ethical online behavior.
Tell a trusted adult.
Ask you for help and advice.
Your child may have access to other
Confirm that your local schools and
libraries have filters in place.
Additional info for Public Libraries.