1. Teach your children to never give out personal information online which includes: name, address, phone number, school, sport teams they play on, fields they practice at, ect.

2. Set reasonable rules and guidelines for your children before they venture out on the Internet. Discuss these rules and post them near the computer as a reminder.

3. Keep your computer in an open area and monitor your children’s Internet use.

4. Review their screen name(s) and see if they reveal too much information that may tip off a predator and if so make the appropriate changes. Make sure you turn on the feature to save history for all Instant Message and chat programs used by your children.

5. Make any “Social Networking Site Profile” private, review and screen your children’s friends/buddy list! Make 100% sure that these are real friends.

6. Surf with your children and explain to them the proper Internet etiquette.

7. Convince your children to come to you if ANYTHING happened that make the “feel uncomfortable” or they know they experienced something that you would find “inappropriate”. Assure them they will not loose their Internet privileges by coming to you when something like this happens.

8. Contact local law enforcement if you are ever contacted by a stranger or your children are solicited in any manner. Do not delete any emails and chat session as these may be evidence needed by law enforcement.

9. Get educated about the Internet dangers and perils and sit down and discuss these issues with your child and ask them to show you what sites they like and what they like to do online.

10. Install Internet Filter and Parental Control software on your computer and/or configure the software that you already have on your computer.

 

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