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Protect Your Child's Privacy Online
- Be aware of cyberspace threats! Learn about all risks children may face
while surfing on the Internet and start educating them on how to protect themselves
- Talk to your children about dangers they can encounter as long as they are
online. Do not be reluctant to subjects such as sexuality, pornography or
pedophiles. Do not consider them taboo.
- Make sure your children know that not everything they read on the Internet
is true and accurate. Make them aware that not all the people they meet online
are trustworthy. Help your children develop their ability of sorting out the
information they come into contact with while they are online.
- Place your computer in an area of your house where you can easily supervise
your children's Internet activity.
- Monitor and restrict your children's access to the Internet while they are
- Be aware that your children have access to the Internet not only at home,
but also at school, libraries, where they are not under your guidance and
supervision. Regularly ask them about their online friends and activities.
- Spend time online alongside your children in order to establish an atmosphere
of confidence regarding computer usage and online activities.
- Ask your children not to respond to unsolicited emails from people they
do not know.
- Advise your children not to give away their (parents', friends', etc,) personal
- Advise your children to avoid face to face meetings with unknown persons
they get acquainted with in chat rooms or IM.
- Check the browser history web page to see the websites visited by your children.
- Establish reasonable online rules and an agreement with your children about
Internet usage at home or in other places (i.e. at a friend's house, at school,
at the library, etc.). Print the rules and place them near the computer as
a reminder. Monitor the compliance with the rules.
- Monitor the amount of time your children spend on the Internet, and the
time when they are browsing it. Excessive time online, especially at night,
may indicate a problem.
- Consider any change in your children's behavior (mention of adults you don't
know, secretiveness, inappropriate sexual knowledge, sleeping problems, etc.).
- Chat rooms and Instant Messaging are sometimes the favorite playground of
sexual predators. Do not allow your children to have an online profile. This
will hinder their profile listing in directories and, consequently, the approach
in chat rooms of pedophiles searching for easy preys.
be available through a link on the website's homepage and at each area where
personal information is collected from kids. Websites for general audiences
that have sections for children must post the notice on the kids' section
homepage. Read their policy to find out what kind of personal information
is being collected, how it will be used, and if it will be passed on to third
parties. If you find a website that doesn't post basic protection specifications
for children's personal information, ask for details about their personal
information collection practices.
- Decide whether to give consent or no to websites to collect personal information
from your children. Yet, you may give your consent, but disagree to have it
transmitted to third parties.Your consent isn't necessary if the website is
collecting your children's email address simply to respond to a one-time request
for information. To find out more about webmasters,
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- Block instant/personal messages from people you and your children do not
know. Regularly check your children's list of friends to ensure that it has
not been altered.
- Watch out for Internet hoaxes, false virus warnings, chain letters disguised
as charity fund raisers, pyramid schemes designed as legitimate employment
- Use filtering and monitoring software to restrict sensitive information
"flowing" from your computer.
- Consider reporting any suspicious content or activity that may harm or has
already harmed your children.