Teaching Your Kids the ABCs of the Internet

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					Teaching Your Kids
  the ABCs
 of the Internet
The Internet is good for…
                                   Start by explaining to your kids the many reasons
                                   why the Internet is such a great resource. Tell
         Learning                  them a bit about the history of the Internet, the
           new                     philosophy behind its creation and how we’ve
Getting   things Listening         gone from slow dial-up connections to today’s
activity          to music         superfast broadband.
                                   Explain to them the social, academic and
    Talking to
     friends     Playing           entertainment value of the Internet. Provide them
       and       games             with some examples of great child-friend
      family                       websites, such as:

                  – Games, movies, music, jokes

                           National Geographic Kids - Fun facts, educational games

                           Nickelodeon – Videos, shopping, fun downloads

                           Funology – Recipes, science experiments, trivia, craft ideas
                    Setting Boundaries

It’s important to remind your kids that their Internet privileges come with great
responsibility. Explain to them the risks involved in using the Internet, but don’t resort
to fear-mongering. Tell them you respect their decision-making skills and expect them
to think critically when navigating the Internet.

Tell them to behave on the Internet just as they would in real-life. For example, they
know not to speak to strangers on the street and the same rule should be applied in
the virtual setting as well (read more on cyberbullying). Similarly, they know it’s wrong
to bully someone at school on the playground, so it’s equally wrong to bully someone
via the Internet.

You may also want to set a limit on how much time your child spends on the Internet
each day. Though the Internet can be a valuable resource, too much Internet-use can
discourage other healthy physical and social engagement.
Parental Controls and Monitoring
 Teaching your children how to use the Internet responsibly is a crucial step
 toward ensuring their safety on the web. However, your job doesn’t end

 It’s equally important to routinely monitor your child’s Internet usage and
 to set parental controls on all your home computers. You can download free
 Internet filter software that controls what your kid can and cannot see
 when using the Internet.

 Though it’s important to establish a certain level of trust between you and
 your child, the Internet represents a myriad of temptations that can lead
 even the most well-behaved kid astray. Also, mistakes do happen. Your child
 could easily come across something inappropriate in set of search engine
 image results, on YouTube video or by clicking on the wrong link.

 In addition to installing parental control filters, it’s also important to
 physically monitor your child’s Internet use. Keep your computer in an open
 area of your home, such as the living room, so that your child is never left
 alone with the computer for too long a timeframe.

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