Parents and guardians are encouraged to have open communication with minors about Internet safety. The suggestions below are provided to promote Internet safety.

Tips for Parents

  • Never give out identifying information — home address, school name, or telephone number — in a public message such as chat or newsgroups, and be sure you’re dealing with someone both you and your children know and trust before giving out this information via E-mail.
  • Get to know the Internet and any services your child uses.
  • Never allow a child to arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they "meet" on the Internet without parental permission. If a meeting is arranged, make the first one in a public place, and be sure to accompany your child.
  • Never respond to messages that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, threatening, or make you feel uncomfortable. Encourage your children to tell you if they encounter such messages.
  • Set reasonable rules and guidelines for computer use by your children.

Tips for Minors
For additional information on internet safety for minors visit www.safekids.com

  • Do not give out personal information such as your address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number, or the name and location of your school without your parents’ permission.
  • Tell your parents right away if you come across any information that makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Never agree to get together with someone you "meet" online without first checking with your parents.
  • Never send a person your picture or anything else without first checking with your parents.
  • Talk to your parents and establish rules for going online.
  • Do not give out your internet passwords to anyone (not even your best friends) other than your parents.
  • Check with your parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt your computer or jeopardize your family’s privacy.
  • Do not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.
  • Help your parents understand how to have fun and learn things online and teach them things about the Internet, computers and other technology.