Yes, it can be risky business when the kids go online.Â Here are a few more family rules that will help the kids remain safe :
- Parents need to be careful before giving family information to anyone online.Â You may want to use a different name and you may be able to unlist your childâ€™s name.
- Know where your kids go when they are online.Â Check out the sites and find out if they are safe and/or appropriate.Â MySpace is very popular, especially among young people.Â It is a site that is for young people over 14 years of age but there have been problems with safety issues.
- Think about the best place to put the computer.Â You may want to have the computer located in the family room or den rather than in a childâ€™s bedroom.
- Learn about the Internet together.Â Find sites that are safe and fun.Â Find out who the kids are talking to online and get to know them the way you do any of their other friends.
- Talk to the kids about how much time they can spend on the computer.Â Try to reach a reasonable agreement and stick to it.Â You will also need to decide whether or not to use parental controls.
- Kids may meet people online who are not who they say they are.Â Predators often lie to kids about their ages and other personal facts.Â This can be very dangerous, especially because kids are often vulnerable and feel that nothing bad will ever happen to them.
Keep the risks at bay; talk to your kids about the Internet, set rules, monitor them and know what your kids are doing when they are online.