Internet Safety for Parents & Teachers
Our children are our most valuable asset. They represent the future of our country and hold our hopes for a better World. When you educate a woman, you end up educating an entire family. Educate a family, and you end up educating a village. Our children are also the most vulnerable members of society. Protecting our children against the fear of crime and from becoming victims of crime must be a national priority.Unfortunately the same advances in computer and telecommunication technology that allow our children to reach out to new sources of knowledge and cultural experiences are also leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and harm by computer-sex offenders. Know what and who your child is talking to. Keep the computer in a room where an adult can watch the teen or child. If your child is acting like they are hiding something from you, don't be afraid to look at their facebook page or their myspace page. Learn who their friends are ask questions. You should have all of their passwords to all of the site they have. Below are links to site with more information on Internet safety.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.
- Tell your children to never give out personal information (e.g., their name, home address, school name, or telephone number) in a chat room, on online bulletin boards, or to online pen pals that you have never actually met.
- Explain to your children that the Internet provides anonymity and allows people to misrepresent themselves. Tell your children never to set up a meeting with someone without your permission.
- Encourage your children to alert you if anyone has made them feel uncomfortable or frightened in online correspondence. Discourage them from sending a personal picture to anyone without your permission.
Additional suggestions to help your children stay safe on the Internet are listed below:
- Instruct your children to create hard-to-guess passwords at least eight characters long, using both letters and numbers.
- Update anti-virus software regularly, and install firewall software or hardware, particularly for high-speed use.
- Make sure you or your children never open any attachments from senders you don’t know.
- Have your children alert you when something bad happens, and also notify your Internet service provider or software vendor, if necessary.
- Surf the Internet with your children at times and talk to them about the sites they visit.
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