Ten Tips for Online Safety

  • Keep the family computer in an open area.
  • Post clear and simple house rules for using the computer.
  • Talk to kids about not releasing personal information and be vigilant about social networks such as Facebook, MySpace and Xanga.
  • Never meet in person with someone first met online.
  • Don’t respond to offensive content.
  • Know the people your children talk to online.
  • Place Internet accounts in parent’s name.
  • Children should not create online profiles, and should use non-descript screen names.
  • Let kids show you what they can do and where they go online.
  • Use a filter or, if necessary, a spyware detector.