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Internet Safety for Children

February 20, 2012

This internet can be a wonderful resource for children. Many schools are incorporating internet use for school projects, teacher communication, and study helps. It is important for both teachers and parents to educate their children on internet safety. Although there is no one hundred percent guarantee that your child is safe while on the internet, these four tips will help lower their risk.

1)      Set ground rules. These rules should include never giving out personal information such as name, age, or location, never enter a chat room, and never share passwords with anyone. This allows children to know what is expected of them.

2)      Place the computer in a centralized location. This prevents your child from being unsupervised wile on the internet, and allows parent interaction.

3)      Bookmark your child’s websites. This allows easier access for your child, and prevents unwanted errors.

4)      Be involved in your child’s internet use. The more you take interest in what your child is involved in, the more open your child will be.

Parents should be concerned with their child’s internet use if he or she is spending long hours online, especially at night, receiving phone calls from people you don’t know, or receiving unexpected gifts by mail. Many children, especially young, are naive. Teaching internet safety to your child is crucial.

Information in this blog post was in reference to kidshealth.org.

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