15 tips for parents and children for being safe on the internet
THE latest frontier in the world of parenting has to be the internet as it represents many potholes and minefields.
To help parents and children navigate this brave, not-so-new world we’ve compile some tips from the police that may be useful:
Safe internet use – tips for parents:
1. Be aware of how much time your child spends on the internet.
2. Spend time talking to your child about the dangers associated with online conversations.
3. Spend time exploring the internet with your children and let them teach you about their favourite websites.
4. Keep the computer in a room the whole family can access; not in your child's bedroom.
5. Consider installing filtering and/or computer blocking software provided by your internet service provider. The Netalert web page provides information on a number of commercially-available products at www.netalert.net.au.
6. Ensure you are able to access your child's email and randomly check the contents.
7. Check your phone bill for unusual outgoing calls, or consider using a 'caller ID' device to identify incoming calls.
8. Consult your telephone company for options designed to ensure privacy and security.
9. Enquire with your child's school, public library, and places they frequent, to find out what internet safety measures they have in place.
10. Information on internet safety is available on the NSW Police website at: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/children/child_exploitation
Tips for children:
1. Do not send a picture of yourself to anyone you don't know and never place a full profile and picture anywhere on the internet.
2. Never give out your personal information, including name, home address, phone number or school, over the internet.
3. Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you have chatted with on the internet.
4. Tell your parents or another adult you know of any contact that makes you feel uncomfortable.
5. Remember that pressing ‘send’ is definite and final – you can’t get it back or take it down.