Children should be encouraged to tell their parents or carer when they
come across something scary or threatening on-line.
Children should not give out their full name, real address, telephone number
or other personal information such as credit card details to people on-line
without the permission from the parents or carer.
Children should not meet face-to-face with someone they have met
on-line unless their parents or carer says it's okay and preferably accompanied.
Children should not respond to a message that's suggestive or makes them
feel frightened and uncomfortable. Instead, they should print out a copy
of the message and show it to their parents or carer.
Children should not send pictures of themselves or of the family to anyone
unless they have permission from the parents or carer, also pictures posted
on a home web site should not contain any information that would identify
Children should not open an attachment or download a file unless they know
and trust the person who has sent it.
Children should not take other people at face value – they may not be what
Children should stay in public areas of chat where there is other people
around and they should never use their real name.
Children should not become involved in arguments on-line they should back
With their parents or carer children should put together a plan for safe
surfing on the Internet.
Children should find a healthy balance between computing and other activities
Ensure e-mail anti-virus software (e.g Norton Antivirus, AVG) is installed
on the computer this will help to protect against unwanted viruses that
once opened can render the computer useless (* update it regularly).
Make regular backup copies of your personal data.
Locking the computer when you are not around will ensure that children
cannot access offensive material or personal information.
Position the computer in a central part of the house, this allows you to
walk by and easily see what is on the screen, especially more so for the
younger children (Use this as an opportunity to spend time with them).
Agree the Internet ground rules, this could include limiting the Internet
use to certain hours, pick the hours when you are around, this can also
send the message that late-night surfing is off-limits.
Monitor their compliance with these rules, especially when it comes to
the amount of time children spend on the computer.
Check the hard drive and any floppy disks every once in a while. Look for
downloaded images stored on the hard drive or on floppy disks. They are
easily spotted, because they generally end with either ".jpg" or ".gif
Check the browser history to find out which sites have been recently visited.
* Let children know you are checking downloaded materials. Snooping through
their private things without letting them know could be taken by them as
a violation of their privacy.
Install filtering software (e.g Net Nanny or Cyber Patrol) on the computer
this allows children to access the world wide web and other Internet features
whilst making an effort to screen or block out offensive material.
Use family-based filtered Internet Service Providers these services clean
up pornography, gambling, illegal activity and other offensive material
before it enters the home.
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