How can we make a better internet together?

Here is a checklist of things that you as proactive, protective parents can do to ensure that your children have positive experiences online:

  • Talk to your children about the internet (click here for some conversation starters)
  • Create a family internet / technology agreement, contract or set of rules
  • Contact your ISP or read your modem manual to explore blocking or filtering options
  • Model safe internet practice, and think before you post
  • Research the laws about social networking, including age limits (13+)
  • Ensure that privacy settings and computer protection applications are in place (AVG, Security Essentials)
  • Take a screenshot of evidence of bullying or inappropriate behaviour
  • Show your children how to protect your family’s personal information and passwords

Another thing to remember is that you have the right to take away internet access as a consequence of misuse.  Having a concise technology plan constructed by the whole family will ensure that your children know the family rules and expectations, and what will happen if these rules are not followed.

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