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    If you have kids and the internet

    Here are some tips for those who have kids and the internet. These tips and alot more can be found at http://www.cyberangels.org

    Don't rely on a program to do your job! Filtering and blocking programs can be a part of your Internet safety plan at home, but they don't take the place of a caring concerned parent.
    Be Pro-Active Attend our online classes and spend some time listening to and speaking with other concerned parents.
    Participate with your child online Get to know the services and programs your child uses - ask them to show you how their favourite chatroom works, or the online gaming that they participate in.

    Make a promise and keep it! Promise your children that you won't get angry if they come to you with a problem about an online situation. Stay calm and remember that your child trusted you to help when they came to you - don't let them down!

    Plan ahead Talk to your children about the things that they may encounter online. You don't have to scare them, but teach them that your values offline match your values online. Spend time using search engines with your children - and showing them how to be a discriminating surfer.

    Encourage their other interests Children shouldn't spend too much time online - it's just not healthy for them. Encourage them in their other activities.

    Think "Mall" You wouldn't drop your child off alone in a mall, so don't drop them off online either. Keep an eye on them!
    Set an Example If you download pirated MP3 files, don't be surprised when your child's teacher calls you in for a conference about plagiarised homework

    A time and place for everything Keep your computer in a "common" room - where you can keep an eye on it! You wouldn't allow a stranger in the bedroom with your child, don't allow them in via computer either. Grant your children Internet access only when you are at home and awake. If they can't hang out at the park at 2:00 a.m., they shouldn't be surfing then either!

    Be fearless Don't be afraid of your computer or the Internet, they are wonderful tools that can enrich the lives of every member of your family. Trust your instincts and jump right in. The more you know, the better you can protect your family.

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    Re: If you have kids and the internet

    My nephew plays on my computer.If ANYthing is deleted from histories or cookies cleared...basically any settings that check where you been, he gets in trouble.

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    Simple for us. Computers & TV's are in the FAMILY room ... NOT in the bedrooms!! If they're on it or watching it ... SO ARE WE!!! I trust my kids, but I DON'T trust what's out there!!
    What upsets me is that they have school laptops!! I CAN'T control what they do on those!! But, as soon as they get home, they turn them in to me!! If they have school work to do on them, they do it at the kitchen table!!
    Computers are great & the internet is a great tool, but there's too much out there to just let kids run free w/ out supervision!!

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    Even the most well behaved child will look to satisfy their curiosity. It is our job to be there to help them avoid temptation.
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    Re: If you have kids and the internet

    I have sat my son down and explained to him the sites that he can only go to. It is his friends that he has over that worry me.


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    yep, our computers are only in areas that are accessible to the whole family and if our 4 year old is on PBS kids or whatever, I'm sitting in the same room. We are going to get a good filter with our next OS upgrade so by the time our daughter learns to read, (it will be soon! you already can't spell "ice cream" in front of her!) she'll be on a parent-determined list of sites. As she gets older she will have more freedom. We are going one step at a time though. We also believe in using a timer for young kids on the internet, so that when your timer is up, you're done.

    There was a nasty ad on a Nick Jr. page several months ago, and I had to call Nick Jr. to complain! They were very nice & apologetic about it! They said it was a "server error" Nice one guys!

    I'm a bit nervous about having a grade school age kid to worry about online in a few years.... I'm glad so many of you have older kids so I can ask you all for advice about this stuff
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    Re: If you have kids and the internet

    Quote Originally Posted by Mary View Post
    yep, our computers are only in areas that are accessible to the whole family and if our 4 year old is on PBS kids or whatever, I'm sitting in the same room. We are going to get a good filter with our next OS upgrade so by the time our daughter learns to read, (it will be soon! you already can't spell "ice cream" in front of her!) she'll be on a parent-determined list of sites. As she gets older she will have more freedom. We are going one step at a time though. We also believe in using a timer for young kids on the internet, so that when your timer is up, you're done.

    There was a nasty ad on a Nick Jr. page several months ago, and I had to call Nick Jr. to complain! They were very nice & apologetic about it! They said it was a "server error" Nice one guys!

    I'm a bit nervous about having a grade school age kid to worry about online in a few years.... I'm glad so many of you have older kids so I can ask you all for advice about this stuff
    What you do is set up individual profiles for each of them, with filters on those profiles, so that the adults can keep using the adult profile without problems.
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    Re: If you have kids and the internet

    Man, when I was young, the internet was pretty slow (dialup connection) and I couldn't imagine going to a "bad" site (I had a guilt complex). I remember I went into a chat room on AOL once with my friend and we lied and said we were 13 (we were actually 11). I felt so bad about the whole thing I actually confessed it to my parents.

    Now, 11 years later, I feel like the net is a much bigger and badder place. Installing some sort of spy-ware type program on the computer seems to me to be a bit distrustful of your kids...although I understand in some situations it may be a good preventive measure. I think the trick is to teach kids about the dangers of the internet and let them live and learn through mistakes....but then again I'm not a parent so I may have a different view.
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