The Internet is a wonderful place with never ending sites to visit
and explore. It is a place that many or our children visit often...
and sadly, without adult supervision. Just as we would not drop our
young children off at the mall and leave, we should not drop our
children at the computer and leave. Like the mall, there are many
people- some good and unfortunately some not so good. Website
guidelines are pretty wide open and just about anyone with a
computer, some time and a web host can create and publish a site.
This is wonderful as our resources quadruple everyday. On the
other hand, there are many inappropriate sites popping up. We need
educate our children on Internet Safety. We need to know where they
are going and with whom they will be with at all times. Time spent
on the Internet should be time spent between an adult and the child.
Lets Keep Our Kids Safe!
~Internet Safety Tips For
Parents and Children~
Tips for Parents:
- Know what makes an Internet Site a good
site! Critically evaluate sites before your child is allowed to visit
them. For more information, check out the
Internet Evaluations and Safety Page.
- Monitor your child (ren)'s Internet use at
all times. Place your computer in a visible area, such as your
living room or kitchen.
- Do not allow your child(ren) or
babysitters to use the Internet while you are not home.
- Invest in some
Software. It's a small price to pay for your child's safety!
- Get involved with your child(ren)'s
computer activities. Sit with them. Talk about what they are
doing and how they should behave online. Set time limits that they are
allowed to be online.
- Set up a Favorites Folder or Bookmark
sites that you feel are appropriate for your children to visit.
Tell them these are sites you approve of.
- Model for them how to be responsible
- Discuss how to be safe (see tips below).
- Don't overreact if your child does
stumble upon an inappropriate site. Calmly explain why you feel
this site is inappropriate. Help them find an alternative site to use.
Tell your child to turn off the monitor if something makes them feel
uncomfortable or they feel it is inappropriate for their eyes.
- Encourage your child to share what they
- Have your children
PLEDGE to being
- When in doubt, check the History of where
your kids are going. Sometimes being a detective can help our
children stay safe!
Tips for Children:
- Never give out personal information on
the Internet. This includes your name, address, telephone number
or other personal information unless you have an adult's permission to
- Use polite language while on-line.
Never make threats. If someone threatens you, tell an adult
- Never agree to meet someone you have met
on-line. If someone wants to meet you, tell an adult right away.
- Avoid clicking on advertisements.
- Only visit sites that an adult says are
okay to visit.
- If something appears on your screen that
makes you uncomfortable, turn off your monitor and get an adult.
Pledge to being
~Graphics Created For The Teachers' Mouse Pad~
Do Not Copy These Graphics!