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This handout was written to answer some questions about internet safety and how to protect your child.

What should I tell my children about the internet?

1. Information given online is often not private. Other people can see the information you give online.
2. People or organizations you see online may not be who they say they are.
3. Anyone can put information online. Just because information is online does not mean it is correct.
4. You or your child may unexpectedly find information, videos or pictures that are violent, sexually explicit (pornographic), racist or obscene.

How can I protect my children?

Before letting your child use the internet, set some rules about internet use.

1. Never give out personal information unless a parent says it’s OK. This includes the child’s name, address, phone number, age, race, school name or location, or friends’ names.
2. Never share passwords.
3. Never meet someone you know only online. Talk to a parent. If he or she thinks it’s OK for you to meet an online friend, be sure the parent goes with you and the meeting is in a public place.
4. Never answer messages that make you feel uncomfortable or hurt your feelings. Ignore these messages and tell a parent or another trusted adult right away.

How should my child behave on the internet?

1. Teach your child to never send mean messages. Bullying is wrong whether in person or on the internet.
2. Never send messages from another person’s e-mail that could get them into trouble.
3. Never steal online information (plagiarize). It’s illegal to copy online information and present it as your own.

What else can I do?

1. Use the internet with your children.
2. Put the computer in a room where you can easily watch your children. Do not allow computer use behind closed doors.
3. Use tracking software that will show you where your child has been on the internet. Some children figure out ways around this software, so your supervision is still important.
4. Know the rules or internet use at your child’s school or at the library.

Age guidelines for internet use

• Up to age 10.
1. These children need close supervision.
2. Use internet safety tools to limit access to certain content.
3. Be actively involved in your child’s internet use.

• Ages 11 - 14
1. Continue close supervision.
2. Use internet safety tools to limit access to certain sites and provide a report of internet activities.
3. Make sure your child understands what personal information should not be given out on the internet.

• Ages 15 – 18
1. Limitations can be relaxed as long as you give your teen set safety rules.
2. Be available to help your teen if there are messages or content that is inappropriate and/or unsafe.
3. Continue to remind your teen about never sharing personal information.

The information in this handout was adapted by The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton from information provided by the US Department of Education and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Additional information and resources are available in the Family Resource Center at Dayton Children's.  The center is open Monday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm; Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; and Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Call  937-641-3700 for more information.


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The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

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