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Internet Safety Tips For Kids

In this day and age, it is an unavoidable reality that kids will be spending more and more time on the Internet. For various reasons. First, the Internet is a fun place to be, with community based websites like livejournal, MySpace, Facebook, chat rooms, message boards, and more. Second, more and more schools and teachers are utilizing the Internet for its convenience by requiring kids to have regular access to email, by posting notes and information online, and by using web programs like WebCT. Third, it is becoming a way of life to look on the Internet first for anything, and everything, you might need. You can order food on the Internet, you can order movies on the Internet, you can watch television on the Internet, you can grocery shop on the Internet, you can plan trips on the Internet, and more. So it makes sense to have some basic Internet safety tips for kids in mind at all times.

The first Internet safety tip for kids-and this applies to anywhere in life-is to never talk to strangers. It is just not a good idea to chat or communicate with anybody you do not know, or who doesn't know your family or parents.

The second Internet safety tip for kids is to keep kids limited to a few carefully chosen, and monitored, websites. There are many ways to limit where your kids can go online, and there are programs designed to block certain web pages and applications. The most widely known is Net Nanny, and many businesses and corporations use the same tactic on their employees.

The third Internet safety tip for kids is to never allow them access to a credit card or funds. They might not give the number away, but the temptation to use it will be far too immediate to ignore for most children.

The fourth Internet safety tip for kids is to not rely solely on Net Nanny, and to monitor your children's Internet usage yourself. It is best if children are simply never allowed to use the Internet without an adult present.

The fifth Internet safety tip is to get to become acquainted with what your children know. If they have a MySpace page, then make sure you know all about MySpace, who else can use the service, the terms of conditions, etc.

The sixth Internet safety tip is to open a regular and honest dialogue with your children about what they do online, who they talk to, and if they need help or feel uncomfortable.