Dangers of the Internet Internet Safety Tips for Parents by nak14542


									The Internet is a popular research tool. Reliance on the Internet has grown rapidly. It
not only serves as a learning, research, and exploration tool, but as a communication
and entertainment source- that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

                               Dangers of the Internet:

        There are individuals online that can take advantage of your child's trust.
        There is access to harmful content, such as pornography, drug sites, hate sites, and
        Your child may become vulnerable to sexual exploitation or bullying.

 Your child may be drawn in into a situation where they are made vulnerable.
 Information and supervision are two key components to protect your family from being
 taken advantage of on the Internet.

                         Internet Safety Tips for Parents:

          •   Attend online classes, take the time to listen to and speak with other
              parents about the issue of Internet safety.
          •   Learn about the Internet with your child. Learn what sites they are
              viewing, how chat sites work, and who your child is talking with
          •   Ensure your child knows that you won’t be blame them if they
              approach you with a problem about an online situation.
          •   Encourage your child to participate in other activities and interests
          •   Keep your computer in a common "family” room - where you are able
              to supervise Internet use.
          •   Set reasonable rules and guidelines for Internet use in the home.
          •   Monitor your phone and credit card bills for unknown transactions.
              Some Internet services require this information to gain access.
          •   Report all electronic harassment, or threats to your Internet provider.
                                                          Signs that your child may be in
 Safety Tips for Children and Teens:                         danger on the Internet:
      Do not give out personal information,
      such as your name, the names of
      family, where you live, your phone            Your child changes the screen or turns off the
      number, or school name. Personal info         monitor when you enter the room. They may
      also includes pictures of yourself and        be viewing inappropriate content online.
      your e-mail address. Ask permission
      before sharing any information with a         Your child begins receiving phone calls from
      stranger on the Internet.                     unknown adults. Talk to your child about who
      Do not use chat names that reveal             they are corresponding with.
      personal information, such as your age,
      or gender. Example, “silly_girl14”
                                                    Your child is using the Internet in late hours of
      could make you vulnerable on-line.
                                                    the night. He or she may be chatting online.
      Be cautious about what you read, or
                                                    Reserve this activity for times and places that
      about what a stranger tells you on the
                                                    can be supervised.
      Internet. It does not necessarily mean
      it is true.
                                                    Your child becomes withdrawn from family or
      While surfing the Internet, if something
                                                    friends. Create an open line of communication,
      makes you feel uncomfortable or scares
                                                    so your child knows they can approach you at
      you, tell an adult.
                                                    all times.
      Never make plans to meet with anyone
      you have met on the Internet.
                                                    Your child receives gifts or money from an
      Use good manners while on the
                                                    unknown source. Talk with your child, and ask
      Internet. If someone online does
                                                    where these gifts or money originated.
      something to make you feel
      uncomfortable, stop chatting with
      them. Tell a trusted adult what has
      happened to make you feel

     For more information on Internet Safety for Families, please contact:

Crime Prevention and Community Safety Library: 604-529-1552 or www.bccpa.org

CyberAngels - The World's Oldest and Largest Internet Safety Organization: www.cyberangels.org

Safe Online Outreach Project: www.safeonlineoutreach.org

SafeCanada.ca – Internet Safety Webpage: www.safecanada.ca/topic_e.asp?category=3

Cyberbullying.ca – www.cyberbullying.ca

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