Internet Guidelines for Children (10 years old and younger)
give your name, address or phone number to anyone on the
go into chat rooms without your parent's help.
get a message that makes you feel uncomfortable, don't respond
to it, and be sure to tell your parents.
join a mailing list without your parent's permission.
open e-mail from anyone you don't know. It might be a virus
which could damage your computer.
believe everything people on the Internet tell you. Since
you can't see the other person, you don't know who they
agree to buy or trade anything on the Internet without your
agree to meet anyone you met on the Internet, and never
send pictures of yourself over the Internet
Internet Guidelines for Teenagers
give out your personal information, your real name, address,
or phone number, or any personal information about your
family or friends without their permission.
careful in chat rooms. Don't get involved in fights or use
obscene language. You could be reported and have your Internet
service suspended or canceled.
you are in a chat room and someone makes you feel uncomfortable,
attempts to start a fight with you, or uses offensive language,
leave the room.
obscene or offensive messages. Replying may cause the sender
to continue to send such messages.
careful in joining mailing lists, some may make your personal
information public. Don't provide an address or phone number.
The information for which you are signing up is sent to
the e-mail address you provide, so they don't need your
address or phone number.
of offers for free items, get rich quick, or weight loss
offers. They may be a scam.
of e-mail from people you don't know or e-mail you weren't
expecting. It may contain a virus designed to damage your
computer or send your account name and password back to
send your picture to someone you don't know or trust. Remember,
the Internet allows people to become anyone they want to
be, and they may be someone you don't really want to know.
Internet Guidelines for Parents and Guardians
the computer in a common area of the residence rather than
a bedroom. This will encourage online time to be a family
familiar with the people and web sites your children are
interacting with on the Internet, just as you would get
to know all of their other friends.
a family oriented Internet Service Provider or Online Service
and use Parental Controls or software to regulate the type
of information and material your children can access on
the Internet. Most of the Parental Controls and software
allow adults to restrict access to age appropriate levels.
In the event the children do receive objectionable material,
teach them to avoid responding to messages that are suggestive,
obscene, threatening or makes them feel uncomfortable. Make
sure they are comfortable in making you aware of these types
of messages. Immediately notify your Internet Service Provider
of the receipt of such material.
to select non-descriptive Account Names and Screen Names
for your children. Their online names should not be too
specific or identify or describe them in detail.
your children not to provide their real name, phone number,
address, or other personal information to anyone to whom
they meet online, and never to meet face to face with anyone
they have met through the Internet without your permission.
If you do permit such a meeting, it should be in a public
place and that you or another responsible adult should accompany
reasonable guidelines for your children's time online and
remember that the computer should not be thought of as a
"babysitter". The guidelines should be age appropriate.
Remember, what is acceptable for a teenager may not be acceptable
for a younger child.
your children that the rules are the same for any computer
they use, whether at home, a friend's house, school, or
the public library.
your children that they can talk with you about things that
happen on the Internet If they fear that they will lose
their Internet access, they may be reluctant to talk about
anything bad that happened on the Internet