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Protecting Children Online

By CSC Staff

As a follow-up to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, below are tips to help you stay safe online:

1. Keep the computer in a family room where you can monitor computer use (under 10).

2. Use parental controls. Parental Controls to help manage how your children use the computer. For example, you can set limits on your children's access to the web, the hours that they can log on to the computer, and which games they can play and programs they can run.

3. Teach children never to meet an online friend offline unless you are with them.

4. Find out what e-mail and instant messaging accounts they have and (while agreeing not to spy on them) ask them for their passwords for those accounts.

5. Teach them what information they can share with others.

6. Check your children's profiles, blogs and any social-networking posts.

Other Useful Sites and Information Sources

• OnguardOnline.gov

• United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)

• WiredSafety.org

• Commonsense.com

• Ncmec.org

• TRUSTe.org

• ConnectSafely.org

• NetSmartz.org

• Makeadifferenceforkids.org

 

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