|By going online, your children gain the equivalent of a library, a
playground and a free telephone hooked up to the entire world all right at home.
Unfortunately, this library has a huge section devoted to pornography, a child molester
sometimes lurks in the playground, and the "telephone" accepts calls from
undesirable strangers. The well-being of your children requires your active intervention.
These guidelines have been written to enable parents to effectively guide and guard their children during their online adventures. It is absolutely essential that every parent take charge of his or her childs online experience since our government and the Internet industry have failed to provide adequate protection.
|As with any parenting issue, open communication between
parents and children is key. Your children must feel free to talk with you about anything
they encounter online that makes them uncomfortable which may be difficult, given
the subject matter. Include older children in the rule-making. The family discussion may
help them understand and embrace the rules. And finally, follow the applicable safety
steps yourself; the best way to teach is by example.
SafetyNet Steps are taken from the book, SafetyNet: Guiding and Guarding Your Children on the Internet.
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