You teach your child the difference between right and wrong, insisting they use proper etiquette and reminding them to look both ways before crossing the street. But in this high-tech age, children and teens need more. Many are taking part in risky online behavior; making poor decisions that leave them vulnerable to online predators of the cyber world.
Online Safety Rules For Kids
- I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parent's work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents' permission.
- I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
- I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.
- I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
- I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way makes me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do, I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the online service.
- I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of the day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.
Children and teens are becoming increasingly cyber savvy, but with little education available to keep up with this abundance of knowledge, many are caught in a whirlpool of cheap information.
- 25% do not feel safe when using the Internet.*
- 73% think there is a need for kids and teens to learn about Internet safety.*
- 36% have received e-mail, attachments or pop-ups that bothered them or made them feel badly.*
- 14% have been upset by what was said by a stranger they met on the Internet.*
- 56% don’t worry about their computer getting a virus when opening an e-mail or attachment.*
- 35% feel freer to do what they want on the Internet than in the physical world.*
- 31% say it is easier for them to talk with people on the Internet than in the physical world