Child Internet Safety Rules
6. I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online and using a mobile phone. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.
COPPA requires websites to explain their privacy policies and get parental consent before collecting or using a child's personal information, such as a name, address, phone number, or Social Security number. The law also prohibits a site from requiring a child to provide more personal information than necessary to play a game or enter a contest.
Talk to your kids about the dangers that exist online and make sure they know to tell you if anyone ever makes them feel uncomfortable. Make sure they know it is not their fault if someone reaches out to them and they won’t get in trouble when they tell you about it.
Look at it this way… there are over 3 billion people online around the world. As a parent, would you allow your child to roam around a city of 3 billion people… unsupervised? When possible you should try to make sure you know what your kids are doing online. That being said, with technology comes the realization that we must educate our kids with the knowledge and skill sets to help them make the best decisions possible… both in the real world and the virtual one.
Parents should be aware of what their kids see and hear on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about themselves. Talk with your kids, use tools to protect them, and keep an eye on their activities.
We must also remember that “online” is much more than spending time on the computer. Now smart phones and even video games are completely connected to the outside world. Parents must understand that if the ability exists for communication with children, predators are there.
Call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678 if you're aware of the sending, use, or viewing of child pornography online. Contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI if your child has received child pornography via the Internet.
As kids get older, it gets a little trickier to monitor their time spent online. They may carry a smartphone with them at all times. They probably want — and need — some privacy. This is healthy and normal, as they're becoming more independent from their parents. The Internet can provide a safe "virtual" environment for exploring some newfound freedom if precautions are taken.
Online tools let you control your kids' access to adult material and help protect them from Internet predators. Many Internet service providers (ISPs) provide parent-control options. You can also get software that helps block access to sites and restricts personal information from being sent online. Other programs can monitor and track online activity.