Computer Safety For Kids

How can you keep your kids safe online? This is the number-one question parents ask me. Everyone wants to know how they can balance safety with the needs of today's students.

I've posted last year's article, which talks about how families can create their own policies on computer use. Let's review safety tips for kids, and discuss resources for parents, children, and educators.

Here is a handy list of Internet dos and don'ts for kids.

  • Do practice Internet safety skills with your parents, teachers, and friends.
  • Don't give out your real name, address, age, school name, phone number, or other identifying information.
  • Do remember that people are not always who they say they are online.
  • Don't chat with people you don't know.
  • Do tell your parents if you see anything on the Internet that makes you uncomfortable.
  • Don't meet with anyone or have them visit you without your parents' permission.
For parents, teachers, and educators, the following references may be helpful.

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Posted byTriona Guidry at 2:11 PM  


Luke said... September 16, 2008 at 1:46 PM  

Thanks for the info!

Have you see the The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee videos? Very good stuff! Highly recommend watching them and taking notes:

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