Thursday, November 04, 1999

Kids' rules for online safety

        1. I will not give out personal information, such as my address, telephone number, parents' work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents' permission.

        2. I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.

        3. I will never agree to get together with someone I “meet” online without first checking with my parents.

        4. I will never send a person a picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.

        5. I will not respond to messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the service provider.

        6. I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. 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.

        7. I will not give out my Internet password to anyone (even my best friends) other than my parents.

        8. I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.

        Source: www.SafeKids.Com (adapted from the brochure, “Child Safety on the Information Highway,” by Lawrence J. Magid.)

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