you are new to the internet or a well-seasoned "net
surfer", safety for your family should be considered
at all times. Most likely you will never be stalked by an
online predator, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
The price is too high to make a careless mistake.
not take advantage of the new technology that is available
for internet filtering, such as the award-winning acclaimed
To Navigate The internet
Being internet savvy is one of the best ways to protect
yourself. Take the time to go through one of the many internet
tutorials that are available. Not only will it help to protect
your children, it will teach you how to better navigate
the internet, so you can find the information that you need.
There are many filtering
programs that are available. A filtering program will
block access to many pornographic sites. Installing them
are fairly simple. There are also Internet Service Providers
that filter the internet at the server level. Before installing
the software or signing on with a filtered Internet Service
Provider, here are a few questions that you may want to
reviews of filtering software can be read here.
(Some of these programs are free.)
the filter be over-road, if I want to access objectionable
this limit access to chat rooms?
percentage of objectionable sites does this actually filter?
is the filtering done? Is it humans that decide the list
that is OK or is each page scanned for objectionable material?
a filtered search engine is also a good option. There are
many that will only return family orientated sites. To learn
more, click here.
Your Child's Internet Activity
Did you know that your browser keeps a record of the
sites that are visited? It is easy to see what sites your
child has been visiting.
About Using The Internet
Make it clear about what you deem appropriate behavior
on the internet. Creating a list of rules before you encounter
problems will help. Write up and sign a simple "user
agreement" with your kids, where you agree to how you
will answer certain questions. Make a big deal out of it,
because it is a big deal. Children need to be reminded constantly
that the internet can be a dangerous place.
Give Out Personal Information On The Internet
Often children will be asked to give out personal information.
You must make sure they understand that this is not safe.
A few pieces of information can lead to a disaster. It makes
the point about how easily they can get into trouble. You
may want to take sometime to unlist yourself from internet
Children love to chat. Is it safe? First they need
to have a very clear understanding that it is not safe to
give out personal information. It is very easy to get comfortable
with a person and give out too much information over time.
If you decide to let your child chat it should be monitored
When you send a letter to someone, do you send out
your first and last name? It is very easy for someone to
find you with just a little bit of information. Take the
time to see what name your email program sends out. Also,
it is wise to scan your child's email before he or she gets
it, because it may contain objectionable spam. Using the
can help to protect your child from getting an ugly surprise.
Does the page that automatically loads when you open
your browser have enough to keep your child busy? If it
doesn't consider changing your start page. There are also
many other great starting pages available or you can use
the starting page of your child's favorite site. The instructions
to change it will work for any site just by substituting
this site's url for another.
Please note that this will
not stop them from wondering into objectionable sites.
a Family Webpage
Creating a site about your family is a lot of fun!
But please keep these safety issues in mind as you create
matter what steps you take to protect your children, the
best policy is to surf with your children. At least be close
by so they can ask questions. Spending time surfing together
will open up a whole new world of discussion for families.
If a child is persistant enough they can over-ride any barriers
that you put before them. If they can't over-ride the barriers
you place on your home computer they will just use a different
computer without filtering. Being open about the dangers
is the best policy and surfing with them is the best policy.
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