10 Rules To Keep Your Child Safe

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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 dont 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:

  • Dont think its ok because their friends are doing it.
  • Just because your Childs friends may be using a certain Website or Internet Service it doesnt 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!