Create guidelines for your children that address the following:-
• Limit internet access to e.g. certain times of day or to computers in the living area.
• Protect your child’s anonymity e.g. stick to your screen name, do not respond to insults or threats, do not give out personal details such as you last name, date of birth, your school, the dangers of phishing
• Encourage your child to protect their reputation e.g. do not give ANYONE your password so that they can pass as you, not even your best friend
• Protect their safety e.g. to stay away from Internet sites that are disturbing or profane, never arrange to meet with someone they have only met online.
• Respect others (netiquette) e.g. not cyberbullying, not flaming, not posting anything online anything that you would not say or show F2F (face to face).
• Respect the property of others e.g. not taking (downloading) music and film that is copyrighted.
• Honor the responsibilities that come with the privilege of having a social networking profile e.g. what to post and what not to post.
• Think before you click: once you post something online, you lose control of it.
• Tell a parent if something bad happens online and the importance of saving online and printing out the evidence. Give your child the assurance that you will not pull their Internet privileges if they seek your help.
• The house rules and consequences for misuse.
Every parent should go online and watch the Frontline documentary on the secret world of kids in cyberspace;
Educate yourself about the six main aspects of cyberuse – so you know what to say to your child – by scrolling through the links at;
If your child is the target of cyberbullying, go to;
http://www.stoptextbully.com for advice.