Internet Safety

Tips On How to Protect Your Children

  • Become computer literate and learn how to block objectionable material.
  • Keep the computer in a common area, not in individual bedrooms, where you can watch and monitor its use.
  • Share an email account with your child so you can monitor messages.
  • Bookmark kids' favorite sites for easy access.
  • Spend time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behavior.
  • Forbid your child from entering private chat rooms; block them with safety features provided by your Internet service provider or with special filtering software. Be aware that posting messages to chat rooms reveals a user's email address to others.
  • Monitor your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
  • Find out what, if any, online protection is offered by your child's school, after-school center, friends' homes, or anyplace where kids could use a computer without your supervision.
  • Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange.
  • Forward copies of obscene or threatening messages you or your kids get to your Internet service provider.
  • Call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678 if you're aware of the transmission, use, or viewing of child pornography online.
  • Contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI if your child has received child pornography via the Internet.
  • Chatting with kids about being online

General Safety Tips

  • Do not use or have email addresses or screen names that identify your age, gender, or interests.
  • Never divulge personal information such as age, home address, schools, etc.
  • Never post pictures of yourself
  • Disable saving or storing "cookies" in your browser

Helpful Online Resources

Safe Kids website, kid's rules for online safety

Netsmartz website, basic internet safety

Parents' website, internet safety