Child Internet Safety Resources
Many parents find it helpful to set down clear rules for their children to follow. Clear rules also help guide children to understand potential risks and dangerous situations. Examples of rules include:
A federal law, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) helps protect kids younger than 13 when they're online. It's designed to keep anyone from getting a child's personal information without a parent knowing about it and agreeing to it first.
Parents and guardians have a large role in accessing potential risks on the Internet, and communicating those risks to their children. Due to first amendment rights to free speech, various types of information can be posted in the web, some of which a parent may find inappropriate for their child(ren) to view. Therefore, communicating with children about any risks that they can encounter online is the most important and most effective strategy to keep children safe while they surf the web. It is hard for a child to try to avoid potentially inappropriate material if they do not know what to avoid.
At Child Internet Safety it’s our aim to provide you with information, practical support, and impartial advice. We’ve got access to some amazing resources, partnerships with leaders in the internet safety arena and we produce the Digital Kids Show a fun family day out that will introduce you to apps, games, suppliers and charities who can help you stay safe online.
Many Internet browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Netscape, or America Online) automatically track recent websites viewed by a user. Therefore, parents can easily review the browser "history" file to see approximately 20 sites that have been most recently visited by that browser. Along similar lines, parents can search their computer's Internet "cache" files, which are system resources that store a longer list of recently visited Internet sites. Furthermore, parents can gather information using their computer's "cookies" records as well. Cookies are trace files that contain information about Internet users and can provide additional clues for parents about the kinds of sites that their children are visiting. However, parents should recognize that technically skilled children can edit or delete all of these kinds of records.
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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.
Parents may also want to tell their children how to report offensive material. That way, the children have a constructive way of reacting to embarrassing or upsetting materials discovered on the Internet.
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.