There are many way to increase your child’s internet safety, but these tips are very important.
1. Set up the computer in common room of the house, not in your child’s room, so it is easier to see what is being viewed on the internet.
2. Have your child show you what he or she knows how to do online, as well as his or her favorite sites.
3. Keep access to your child’s e-mail account and randomly check it. Also, closely monitor your child’s chat-room activity.
4. Get to know your child’s online friends. Teach your child to never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone he or she met online.
5. Instruct your child to not give out identifying information, such as home address, telephone number, or school name, and not to send personal pictures to people who are strangers.
6. Do an online search for “child-friendly search engines” that your child can use when working on school projects.
7. Install filtering software on your computer to guard against adult content. Consider the “White listing” feature that allows children access to only a pre-approved list of sites.
8. Teach your child to never respond to threatening or offensive e-mail or chat-room messages.
9. Tell your child to not download anything from the internet without your approval.
10. So everyone remembers, type up the specific internet safety instructions you want your child to know and post them near the computer.