Our children are the first generation to grow up with the Internet. Technology only changes the advantages kids and teens have. It does not change the way you parent. The rules may have changed with the Internet, but you are still the one making them. In an effort to help parents, we have come up with a list of tips to protect your children. Whether you are computer savvy or Internet illiterate these tips are easy to understand, follow, and implement.
- Always keep your child’s computer in an open area. Never allow a computer with Internet access in your child’s bedroom.
- Communicate. There is no better tool to bridge the Digital Divide.
- Become a part of your child’s online experience.
- Respect your child’s privacy.
- Regularly review your computer files.
- Teach your child the responsible use of online resources.
- Talk to your child about online dangers. Let them know you are there to help them get out of a bad situation.
- Educate yourself on the ins and outs of the Internet.
- Talk to other parents about your experiences. It will help everyone.
- Let your child know responsible adults do not purse relationships with minors