Set Ground Rules for Children
Good parenting can reduce the risks for children
going online. You have to pay extra attention
to the following risks when your kids are surfing
Exposure to inappropriate content like violent
or sexually explicit images.
Solicitation by sexual predators in chat
rooms or by email.
Online bullying and harassment.
Downloading of pirate software, music, video
and other content.
Publishing software, music, video and other
contents which are owned by others.
You have to set guidelines for your children
in how to use the Internet.
Guidelines for children when using the Internet
You need to agree ground rules when your children
use the Internet. You shall make sure they understand
why you have to setup those rules and guidelines. The objective is not only to establish boundaries
but also to help children understand the reasons
why these rules exist so that they can take responsibility
for their own actions and develop their own judgement.
We suggest you:
Agree and set limits on how long they can
use the computer each day,
Agree what types of websites they can visit.
Consider teaching them about the ICRA (http://www.fosi.org/icra/)
content rating system. There are also a number
of Internet content filtering
software tools which can help filter out
Change the settings in Internet Explorer
to limit access to inappropriate content.
To do this: go to the Tools menu and click Internet Options. Select the Content
tab and then click Enable under Content
Advisor. Note that it is not 100% effective.
Consult your ISP to see if they can help you
filter out certain content.
Encourage your children to report and discuss
with you if they find anything that makes
them uncomfortable or threatened.
Make sure your children know that they must
not give out any personal
and private information, account
information and passwords, sensitive information
like credit card numbers, or their school
information without your permission.
Teach them about common Internet risks like
Internet fraud, phishing,
scams, identity theft, virus
and malicious code etc.. There are software
packages which can help you. Some packages
can only protect you against virus attacks.
Select a package that fits your needs.
Ensure your children know how to make friends
safely, use auction
sites safely and playing
online games safely.
Ensure they know the importance of intellectual
property rights. Downloading and uploading
illegal copies of software, music, video and
other contents are strictly prohibited and
they will criminally liable for such activities.
Sit with them when they surf the Internet
and encourage them to share the Internet experience
with you. You may also gain additional experience
yourself by observing your children.
Try to place the computer in an open area
rather than in the bed room.
Constantly review the Internet browser history
panel to check the sites visited by your children.
Sometimes your kids may clear the history,
so you may like to have an Internet monitoring
Set up a different account
for your children on your home computer such
that you can take full control of your computer.