Internet Safety

  1. Parents should set and enforce rules for home Internet use

  2. ~ Have computer in a common room (not in the bedroom with the door closed!)
    ~ Time limit on Internet, instant messaging, social networking sites, online gaming, etc.
    ~ Parents should ask and know student’s personal username and password

  1. Suggestions concerning e-mail

  2. ~ Parents should have access to students’ e-mail
    ~ Threatening e-mail should never be sent
    ~ Attachments bring danger of viruses
    ~ Spam=Junk mail=Don’t reply

  1. Instant Messaging

  2. ~ Different clients: AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Instant Messenger, Microsoft Instant    
       Messenger, iChat
    ~ Can hide true identity with a screen name (dancergirl1996)
    ~ Sessions can be saved and printed

  1. Social networking sites

Various: Facebook, MySpace, MeeBo, BeBo, BlackPlanet, Buzznet, Habbo, imeem, Jaiku, MiGente, MyChurch, Windows Live Space, Xanga, and new ones appearing regularly

Purpose: Online communities of people who share interests and provide a variety of ways to interact

Parents should monitor their child’s activities on social networking sites and ensure that private data is not posted online.

  1. Web-surfing

  2. ~ Banner/pop-up ads:  clicking on them places a “cookie” on your computer, allowing    
       websites to track your movements (from Wal-mart to phishing scams!)
    ~ Never give out personal information, even seemingly innocent and unimportant info
    ~ Never make online purchases without parent permission/supervision-- make sure
       website is secure (https:) before entering credit card information