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					10 Internet Safety Rules for Kids

Monitoring your kids' use of the internet by sitting with them is the
most ideal way to keep them away from all the threats possible online.
But this isn't possible all the time. So, to make sure that your kids are
safe using the internet when you aren't around, there are a number
internet safety rules that your kids should know.

1.    Follow the specific time to use the computer. Explain to them why
there is a need to set internet time. Let them develop obedience as a
virtue and a sense of responsibility for their actions.

2.    Never share personal information to strangers you meet online.
These include: name, home address, phone number, email address, password,
school information, bank account information, and credit card numbers.
Online predators are everywhere and their main targets are your kids who
are innocently giving their personal information that can put their
safety on the line.

3.    Never engage in online gambling. Gambling is simply, taking risks.
And most of the time the risks are high.

4.    Use a pseudo name or nickname when using instant messaging or
entering chat rooms.

5.    Avoid filling out online contests, surveys, and registration forms.
They ask too much personal information including email address. Take note
that spammers can collect email addresses from the web using programs
such as bots, crawlers, and spiders.

6.    Never open, download attachments, and reply to emails from unknown
senders. The best way for spammers to know if the addresses are correct
is by receiving a reply. So teach your kids to remove spam immediately
from their inbox. Also, attachments from spam usually contain viruses
that can cause damage to your file and computer.

7.    Stay in moderated public chart rooms and avoid private chats. This
will keep your kids away from harassing other people.

8.    Teach them to ask permission first before meeting up with someone
you meet online. The rule of the thumb is clear: never trust anyone you
meet online. People may not be who they say they are.

9.    Check before downloading anything. There are free downloadable
programs on the internet with free spyware and viruses as well. Ask your
parents first about the program even if the programs come from reputable
sites.

10.   If you see some images or web contents that are disturbing, tell
your parents right away.

				
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