6-12 years - Internet Safety
Internet 101 is a great resource for learning about internet safety. It’s a partnership between parents and police. Check it out…
Here at Internet 101, our motto is “police and partners . . . working together to web-proof our communities”. Just as we teach our kids to safely navigate the streets of our cities, we need to do the same for the digital highway we call the Internet. A committee of police forces, led by the RCMP, created and maintains this website, a collection of safety tips, helpful presentations and links to further police-approved resources to help kids and parents surf safely.
Internet Safety Guidelines for Parents & Guardians
Become more computer literate
- Spend time online with your children to explain your rules for appropriate use of the Internet.
- Know how to use the Internet yourself.
- Consider using online services with special child/youth accounts that have restricted access to chat rooms.
- Choose an Internet provider who will give information about and access to parental control features. Blocking software prevents users from accessing adult material, while filtering software prevents users from accessing sites with certain key words.
- Frequently check your software’s History folder to see what sites your child frequents. This will help you make sure that he or she is not receiving, accessing, or sending inappropriate material. You could also check your child’s Favorites folder (on Internet Explorer) or the Bookmarks folder (on Netscape).
- Share or have access to your child’s e-mail so that you can monitor his or her mail.
- Make sure that you are present when your children access private chat rooms. Monitor their communications.
Caution your children about giving out personal information online
- Find pen-names for your children to use when online. Never let them use their real names.
- Do not fill out online profiles that ask for information about where to contact your children, your home address, phone number, etc.
- Be sure that your children do not give out personal information, such as your address, phone number, work place, or their school’s name and phone number.
- Explain to your child that Internet charges can sometimes be made by typing in only your home phone number.
- Make sure they never give out your credit card, PIN numbers, SIN numbers, or the name of your bank/credit union to anyone, whether online or not.
- Supervise all online purchases.
Set guidelines for face-to-face meetings requested by online friends.
- Never allow your children to arrange face-to-face meetings with another computer user without first getting your permission.
- If you do permit a meeting, stay with your child during the meeting or ensure that another responsible adult stays with your child throughout the meeting and leaves with him or her.
If your child receives any obscene or threatening material …
- Ensure that your child knows to delete any e-mail with an attachment from anyone he or she does not know personally. These might contain computer viruses or obscene material.
- Contact the police.
- Contact your Internet service provider.
Keep communication open with your children
- Pedophiles are people who have sexual desires directed towards children. They frequently befriend lonely or troubled children online in order to gain their trust. In addition, some people try to gain the trust of a child in order to kidnap him or her.
- Talk openly about what material is inappropriate or obscene. Ask your children to inform you at once if they see or receive anything that is inappropriate or obscene.
- If your children seem lonely or troubled, spend more time with them. Find a good counsellor to help resolve their problems. Restrict and monitor the time they spend on the Internet.
Note: Even if your children do not have access to the Internet in your home, they will have access at their friends’ homes. Internet safety rules should apply no matter where they are when they are using the Internet.