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Safe Surfing Tips to Teach Your Kids
- Teach your kids that not everything they read or see online is true. Encourage them to ask you if they’re not sure.
- Show your kids how to respect others online. Make sure they know the rules for good behavior don’t change just because they’re on the internet.
- Teach your kids that the difference between right and wrong is the same on the internet as it is in real life.
- Encourage your kids to share their internet experiences with you, so you can enjoy the internet with them.
- Teach your kids to trust their instincts. If they feel nervous about anything online, they should tell you about it.
- If your kids use social networking sites or instant messaging programs, help them make sure they don’t reveal too much personal information.
- Tell your kids they should never meet online friends in person. Explain that online friends may not be who they say they are.
- Insist that your kids never give out their address, phone number, email address or where they go to school.
Online Safety Tips for Parents
- Keep an open dialogue. Talk to your child about Internet safety. Surf the web together.
- Be informed. Know what Web sites your child visits and with whom they are communicating.
- Become Internet savvy – ask your kids to teach you how to use the programs they use.
- If you or your kids encounter inappropriate contact, report it immediately to law enforcement. Help your child understand what inappropriate contact means to you.
- Use filtering or monitoring software. Empower yourself by knowing your child is protected online even if you are not there to supervise. Webroot’s Web security programs have parental control features that make this task simple.
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