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Guidelines for Safe Surfing

Written by Healthy Living

“Don’t talk to strangers.”

This is a common rule that parents have enforced for generations. However, it should equally apply to children who spend time on the internet. With a growing number of online predators, parents must take necessary steps to ensure their children use the internet safely and responsibly.

• Don’t put a computer in your child’s bedroom.

• Take the necessary time to become technologically savvy if you are not already. Learn common chat room lingo.

• Clearly communicate which websites your children can and cannot visit. Make sure to post your rules next to the computer.

• Check any online profiles your child may have, and make sure the profile does not have any identifying information.

• Know your child’s passwords and screen names.

• Always use parental controls provided by internet service providers, browsers, and search engines.

• Do not allow your child to meet with anyone he or she has communicated with online unless you are present.


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Healthy Living

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