Cyber Tips for Parents
As parents, we want to know everything we can about our children’s likes and dislikes, their friends, musical tastes and academic achievements. Therefore, experts say parents should be as vigilant concerning their Internet practices. Here are some practical tips to keep in mind:
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• Become Internet savvy. Learn all you can about chat rooms, instant messaging and inappropriate Web sites. Explain the dangers to your child.

• Spend time online with your child. Point out kid-friendly sites that feature games or help with homework. Let your child show you his favorite chat rooms and gaming sites.

• Develop your child’s trust. Promise him that you won’t get angry if he gets into trouble or has knowledge of a dangerous online situation. Tell him it’s OK to tell an adult.

• Do not put your child’s computer in his bedroom if he has Internet access. An accessible area, such as the family room, makes it easier to keep an eye on your child’s online activity.

• Limit your child’s time online. Encourage him to participate in physical activities, preferably outdoors now that the nicer weather is here.

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