HOW CAN I PROTECT MY CHILD?
You might feel overwhelmed by the idea of trying to
protect your kids from something as big, and perhaps unfamiliar, as the
Internet. But there are realand manageablesteps you can take
to help your children stay safe.
This section offers parents background information on topics involving
Internet guidance and safetyfrom understanding the maturity level
of a child to tips on screening and monitoring content to dealing with
an incident of exposure to pornography or predation. Youll also
learn how schools, libraries, and other community groups might help contribute
to childrens Internet safety.
Although theres no single answer and certainly
no quick-fix solution, theres one critical element in the protection
game: the presence of a responsible parent or adult. In their Internet
use, as in all areas of life, children need adults to guide them and to
intervene when necessary. Even if you cant always be there to supervise
your childrens online activities, you can still teach them how to
use the Internet wisely when theyre on their own.
Keep in Mind That Your Efforts Are Likely
to Be More Successful If You:
- Maintain an open dialogue with your child.
- Dont play the blame game, but instead encourage
open, honest discussion about what a child has seen or done on the Web.
- Respect childrens concerns or frustrations
over your involvement in their surfing activities.
- Balance your concerns about exposure to inappropriate
or harmful things on the Internet against the benefits gained from exposure
to positive things on the Internet.