Internet safety

This month is an excellent time to learn all about computers, how to use them, what’s good about them and what’s not so good.

Computers are here to stay and kids are going to use them, so it’s a good idea to understand some of the issues with computer use.

The Internet can be a wonderful resource for kids. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games.

But that access can also pose hazards.   That’s why it’s important to be aware of what your kids see and hear on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about themselves on line.

Just like any safety issue, it’s wise to talk with your kids about your concerns, take advantage of resources to protect them, and keep a close eye on their activities.

Take an active role in protecting your kids from Internet predators and sexually explicit materials on line. To do that:

¨ Become computer literate and learn how to block objectionable material.

¨ Keep the computer in a common area, not in individual bedrooms, where you can watch and monitor its use.

¨ Share an email account with your child so you can monitor messages.

¨ Bookmark kid’s favorite sites for easy access.

¨ Spend time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behavior.     …