Caught in the Web: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online
The world wide web can be a wide world of sites that you don't want your child or teen stumbling into. Read our guide for navigating internet safety.
Be Open. Put computers in a high traffic area. Your son/daughter will be less likely to access or post inappropriate content if they know you can see the screen. Consider not allowing your teen to have a data plan on their cell phone.
Also, openly communicate with your child. Make sure you know what their interests are and talk to them about what they like to do when they're on the internet.
. Tell your child they can only join Facebook if you have an account, too.
Make Clear Rules. Let your child know how long they can stay on the computer, what types of sites they can visit, what software they can use, etc.
Install Security Tools. Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date and check your browser's security settings. Not sure what those settings should be? Check out StaySafeOnline.org.
Here are some other ways to keep your computer safe and secure:
- Check With Your Internet Service Provider. They may offer special services or programs designed to keep your kids safe online.
- Install Special Software. There are a variety of tools available that meet a variety of needs. Check out InternetSafety.com for several, family-friendly options that you can customize for your needs.
Adapted from the Department of Homeland Security's guidelines.
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