Information is from the Washington Times NIE supplement, “Get wise about wireless” distributed by the NIE Institute.
Internet Safety Tips for Parents
1. Talk with your children about the benefits and risks of the Internet.
2. Ask them what they do online, what websites they visit, who they chat with, and what games they play.
3. Go online with your children. Have them show you their favorite websites, online games, and chat rooms.
4. Make a list of any websites you find that you think your children will enjoy and share the list with them.
5. Keep the computer in a common area of the house.
6. Agree with your children on rules about what they can and cannot do online, when they can go on the Internet, and how long they can stay.
Internet Safety Tips for Kids
1. Tell your parents if you see something that makes you uncomfortable.
2. Let your parents know who you talk to online and how you communicate (e.g., email, instant messaging, chat rooms, blogs, etc.). Be sure to be as nice online as you are offline.
3. Discuss with your parents the dangers of meeting new friends online.
4. Ask your parents’ permission before you purchase items or sign up for online services(e.g., membership to a gaming website).
5. If you conduct online research online for a term paper or other project, be sure to give credit to the author, organization, or website that created the content.
6. If you download music or movie files onto your computer, do so legally. Check out pay per download or pay per month services like iTunes and Napster.