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Child Safety Act Home Computer Safeguards

Child Safety Act

Home Computer Safeguards

How can parents help protect their children?

  • Keep computers in the family room rather than the child’s bedroom.  It is more difficult for offenders to communicate with a child when the computer screen is visible to other family members.
  • Research filtering, blocking or websites rating applications to provide adequate content control.
  • Monitor you child’s interaction with online friends, just as you would their real time friends. Anonymous Internet contacts may not always be accurate.  A twelve-year-old female’s Internet identity may actually belong to a fifty-year-old man.
  • Talk to your children with Internet capable cellular phones about safe usage, and be sure to monitor the phone records.

Away from Home

Parents should also be aware that the home computer is not the only way for their children to access the Internet. They can use the unmonitored computer at a friend’s house, their school, the public library, a club or even a coffee house.  In addition, certain game consoles, handheld devices and mobile phones have the ability to connect to the Internet.  For these reasons, it is important to openly communicate with your child to form healthy Internet habits.

  • Talk to your child about potential online dangers and sexual victimization.
  • Teach your children about responsible use of online resources.  The online experience is far more than just chat rooms.
  • Talk to your child’s school, friends, and public library putting safeguards in place regarding unmonitored Internet access.
  • Teach your children the following:
  • Never arrange a face- to- face meeting with anyone they meet online unless a parent is present.
  • Never upload personally identifiable pictures. Pictures are easily altered and can be widely  broadcast in unflattering ways.
  • Never provide any personal information such as real name, phone number, address, social security number